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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Lightning crush Islanders, take 3-2 lead

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 21 saves in a win over the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals on Monday in Tampa, Fla. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 21 saves in a win over the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals on Monday in Tampa, Fla. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

June 22 (UPI) -- Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn scored two goals apiece, and the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated the New York Islanders in an 8-0 blowout to take a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals.

The win Monday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., moves the Lightning one victory away from a second consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

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"No one expected an 8-0 game, let's be honest," Stamkos told reporters. "But you earn everything you get, and now we will get an extremely desperate team. They are a proud group over there."

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 21 saves in the clean sheet triumph.

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"It was one of those nights where we couldn't do anything right," Islanders coach Barry Trotz told reporters. "It didn't go our way.

"It was a tough one. We just have to park it."

Stamkos sparked the scoring surge with a goal just 48 seconds into the game.

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Killorn got the puck on the right flank to start that sequence. He fired a quick pass to center Anthony Cirelli, who skated up the ice and passed to Stamkos to his left. The Lightning center then passed back to Killorn who tapped a quick pass to Stamkos.

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Stamkos ended the play with quick shot into the left side of the net. Lightning center Yanni Gourde doubled the lead with another score 11:04 into the first period. Killorn added his seventh goal of the playoffs with 4:33 left in the period.

Stamkos scored his second goal of the game off a power play 5:42 into the second period. Ondrej Palat and Killorn also scored in the period to give the Lightning a 6-0 lead.

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Brayden Point and Luke Schenn added two more scores in the third period.

Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin saved 21 of 26 shots in the loss. Fellow Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov saved 13 of 16 shots.

"This wasn't our best game, and we're going to need our best game, and we are going to have to earn the right to keep playing," Trotz said.

The Islanders host the Lightning in Game 6 at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The winner of the series faces the Vegas Golden Knights or Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final. The Golden Knights and Canadiens are tied 2-2 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals.

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