So, how much fun was that?
Eight goals. Three power-play scores. Records galore. A Game 1 win.
With their ninth postseason victory (not counting the round robin) Monday in the opening game of the Eastern Conference final, the Lightning are more than halfway to the 16 needed to win the Stanley Cup. And, with just two losses through the first 11 games, they are doing so in dominating fashion.
Can we just give Brayden Point the Conn Smythe Trophy, already?
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is still a series to be played against an Islanders team that has risen to big challenges before. And, as Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after Monday’s game, “This is a one-off. … We’re not gonna see scores like this again.”
But will we see similar results?
Follow along tonight, beginning at 8, as the Lightning seek their sixth straight victory in Game 2 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
FINAL SCORE: Lightning 2, Islanders 1
No Brayden Point on the Lightning bench to start the period.
Casey Cizikas with a heavy hit on Blake Coleman.
Scott Mayfield penalized for tripping Coleman. Lightning go on the power play.
Adam Pelech clears the puck for the Islanders.
Puck goes off Cal Clutterbuck skate and out of the zone.
Kevin Shattenkirk gets a shot to the net and it’s free for a moment as Yanni Gourde jabs at it before Varlamov covers.
Islanders kill the penalty.
Tyler Johnson shot goes wide.
Vasilevskiy stops Clutterbuck shot from the left circle.
Scott Mayfield knocks the puck off Yanni Gourde’s stick.
Ryan McDonagh blocks Brock Nelson shot off the rush.
McDonagh penalized for holding Nelson with 12:12 left.
Barclay Goodrow deflects Nelson shot out of play.
Josh Bailey shot from the goal line goes off Vasilevskiy’s mask and out of play.
Barclay Goodrow picks off a pass and clears the zone.
Zach Bogosian tries to connect with Cedric Paquette on a long pass, but it’s too long and collected by Varlamov.
Paquette penalized for hooking Mathew Barzal. Islanders will have a 5-on-3 for 38 seconds.
Hedman picks off a pass and carries the puck out of the zone.
Lightning get one man back.
McDonagh turnover leads to two chances for Anders Lee from in close.
Beauvillier shot goes high off the glass.
Lightning have killed both penalties.
Varlamov turns aside Sergachev shot from the left circle.
Devon Toews wrist shot from the right circle gloved by Vasilevskiy.
Pat Maroon hits Andy Greene into the boards.
Palat shot steered wide by Varlamov.
Cernak clears the zone.
Point springs Gourde on a breakaway, but Varlamov gets a glove on Gourde’s backhand shot.
Palat misses the net on a turnaround shot from the slot.
Lightning goal! Kucherov scores with 8.8 seconds remaining off a cross-ice pass from McDonagh. Lightning 2, Islanders 1.
Lightning go on the power play just over a minute into the period, as Nikita Kucherov draws a tripping penalty from Adam Pelech in the neutral zone.
Casey Cizikas clears the puck for the Islanders.
Leo Komarov pressures Mikhail Sergachev and sends the puck into the Lightning zone.
Semyon Varlamov stops Ondrej Palat from in front.
Islanders kill the penalty.
Luke Schenn and Matt Martin fight along the boards. Schenn extended the invitation, and Martin obliged.
Kucherov and Brayden Point try to create something off the rush, but it doesn’t amount to anything, as Leo Komarov gets a stick in the way.
Anthony Cirelli shot from the lower right circle stopped by Varlamov.
Josh Bailey all alone in the lower left circle, but can’t settle a bouncing puck and his shot goes over the net.
Yanni Gourde penalized for roughing Scott Mayfield.
Jordan Eberle poking around for the puck after Vasilevskiy stops Nick Leddy shot from the point, but Vasilevskiy covers.
Brock Nelson back on the Islanders bench.
Vasilevskiy catches Anthony Beauvillier shot from the slot in the chest.
Lightning kill the penalty. Four shots for the Islanders.
Casey Cizikas redirects Martin turnaround shot at the side of the Lightning net, but Vasilevskiy has it sealed off.
Brayden Point leaves for the Lightning dressing room. So, they’re down to nine forwards for the moment.
Nelson down on the ice again after Barclay Goodrow cross-checks him in the back of the head into the glass. No penalty on the play.
Matt Martin and Pat Maroon now mixing it up. Both receive roughing penalties.
Four-on-four play for the net two minutes.
Vasilevskiy stops Ryan Pulock on a breakaway.
Anders Lee with a big hit on Victor Hedman.
Hedman centers for Maroon in the slot, but Varlamov makes a pad save.
Nelson with a high hit on Maroon, knocking him into the Islanders net and creating a stoppage in play.
Kucherov shot from the high slot goes off the glass.
Bogosian misses wide.
Beauveiller wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiiy.
Leo Komarov and Kucherov exchange some words.
Islanders goal. Nick Leddy passes from below the goal line to Matt Martin in front of the net, and Martin chips the puck up over Andrei Vasilevskiy’s right shoulder (1:24). Islanders 1, Lightning 0.
The Islanders are 7-2 this postseason when scoring first.
After spending nearly a minute in the Lightning zone, the Islanders allow a Barclay Goodrow breakaway, but Semyon Varlamov stops the backhand shot.
Wow. Alex Killorn assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct (intent to injure) after hitting Brock Nelson late and from behind, sending Nelson face-first into the boards. That’s the last we’ll see of Killorn tonight. Pat Maroon will serve the penalty (5:55).
Remember, the Lightning had only 11 forwards to start with, so they’re down to 10.
Vasilevskiy with a glove save on Jordan Eberle.
Eberle centers for Anders Lee, but Vasilevskiy makes a leg save and smothers the puck.
Erik Cernak inadvertently hit by a stick on a follow through.
Victor Hedman clears the puck to center ice.
Mathew Barzal shot from the right circle goes off the top of Vasilevskiy’s mask and over the net.
Hedman takes Lee down hard behind the net.
Eberle walks the goal line and puts a shot on net, but Vasilevskiy able to get a shoulder on it.
Yanni Gourde loses the puck exiting the Lightning zone, and the Islanders regain possession.
Lightning kill the five-minute penalty. Islanders had five shots on the power play.
Vasilevskiy stops Cal Clutterbuck shot from the left circle.
Islanders outshooting the Lightning 11-3 to this point.
Ryan Pulock penalized for tripping Ondrej Palat (13:54).
The Lightning, who converted 3 of 6 chances in Game 1, go on the power play.
Nikita Kucherov one-timer from the right circle blocked in front.
Hedman shot from the point blocked, and the puck is cleared out of the zone.
Islanders clear the puck again and will kill the penalty. No shots for the Lightning.
Ryan McDonagh blocks Andrew Ladd shot off the rush.
Lightning goal! Victor Hedman’s blast from the left point bounces off the post and into the net on the short side with 1:35 left in the period. Lightning 1, Islanders 1.
Kucherov shot just misses wide.
The Islanders will go back to Semyon Varlamov in goal after starting Thomas Greiss in Game 1.
Cal Clutterbuck, who was injured during Monday’s game, took part in the pregame skate.
Derick Brassard is out of Islanders’ lineup, Andrew Ladd in.
Mathieu Joseph among 21 players taking the pregame skate for the Lightning, according to the roster sheet.
The Lightning will stick with an 11/7 lineup, with Luke Schenn being the extra defenseman.
Boston’s Bruce Cassidy is named winner of the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the NHL’s most outstanding coach.