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Lightning Eliminate Islanders with 4-0 shutout win in Game 5

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TAMPA-The Tampa Bay Lightning hosted the New York Islanders in Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

The Islanders were on the brink of elimination, but the Lightning struck in Florida. Tampa Bay had Sunday’s game from start to finish.

The Lightning opened the scoring, as Victor Hedman grabbed the puck in the slot and fired a turnaround wrist shot past Thomas Greiss. Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead at 13:49 of the first period.

Brian Boyle carried the puck to the bottom of the right circle and fired a wrist shot past Greiss to make it 2-0 Lightning at 18:41.

The Lightning were up 2-0 after 20 minutes, outshooting the Islanders 9-6.

The Lightning took a 3-0 lead 4:22 into the second, as Hedman fired a one-timer past Greiss on the power play for his second goal of the game.

The Lightning were up 3-0 after 40 minutes, outshooting the Islanders 18-16.

Nikita Kucherov received the puck past the defense and scored on the breakaway by beating Greiss five-hole 4:40 into the third period for a 4-0 lead.

Tampa Bay went 1-for-5 on the power play, while New York went 0-for-2.

The Lightning eliminated the Islanders with a 4-0 shutout win in Game 5. Ben Bishop made 28 saves for Tampa Bay. Greiss made 21 saves for New York.

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It was a travel day for the Islanders, who chose to practice in suburban Brandon at the suggestion of captain John Tavares.

“We didn’t want to be sitting around too much when we got in. It was obviously an option skate. . .but guys wanted to get their feet moving,” Tavares said. “Getting the morning off, it’s a bit of an odd schedule that we’re not as accustomed to, so it was just, `Let’s get here and skate if you want, if not do what you need to do to be ready.”

Head coach Jack Capuano was fine with the idea, adding “whatever the guys feel is necessary to do, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon with them.”

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NOTE: This article was written by Ana Kieu.