Ramblings: Islanders Tie Series, Slavin Wins Lady Byng, OEL on Trade Block Again (June 20)

Ian Gooding


The Islanders/Lightning series is now a best-of-3 heading back to Tampa Bay for Game 5. Despite a late push by the Lightning, the Islanders were able to hang on with a 3-2 win in Game 4. And I mean hang on. Watch this last-second save by Ryan Pulock. Not Semyon Varlamov. Ryan Pulock.

After a scoreless first period, the Islanders exploded for three goals. Josh Bailey broke the ice with his sixth goal of the playoffs. Mathew Barzal then doubled the lead with his sixth goal of the playoffs (all in his last eight games) and his ninth point in his last nine games. Then Matt Martin scored his first goal of the playoffs, which gives him points in back-to-back games after being held without a point in his first 14 games. Martin was also without a goal in 33 consecutive games. 3-0 Isles heading into the third period.

The Lightning made it into a game in the third period. Brayden Point scored the Lightning's first goal, giving him goals in seven consecutive games. That's now tied for the second-longest streak in postseason history. Point also has at least 12 goals in consecutive playoff seasons. He should be on the short list of players that you want when your season is on the line, and a strong Conn Smythe favorite should the Bolts go all the way.

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