Islanders rally to defeat Lightning in OT in Game 6, even series

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. Anthony Beauvillier scored at 1:08 of overtime, and the New York Islanders evened the Stanley Cup Semifinals with a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday. 

Beauvillier won it with a wrist shot from the slot after a turnover by Blake Coleman. It was Beauvillier’s first goal in 11 games.

Scott Mayfield tied the game with 8:44 remaining in the third period for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves.

Brayden Point extended his goal streak to nine games, and Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who held a 2-0 lead in the second period. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves.

Game 7 is at Tampa Bay on Friday.

Mayfield tied it 2-2 when he took a pass from Mathew Barzal and roofed a shot over Vasilevskiy short side from the right circle at 11:16 of the third period.

Tampa Bay went on the power play with 5:57 left after Matt Martin‘s stick caught Pat Maroon in the face, but Varlamov preserved the tie with a glove save on Ondrej Palat‘s shot from right circle at 15:52. 

Point scored for the ninth straight game when he backhanded a rebound near the left goal post at 16:02 of the first period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. He is one shy of tying the Stanley Cup Playoff record set by Reggie Leach, who scored in 10 consecutive games for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976.

New York was held to one shot on goal during a 5-on-3 power play for 1:02 in the second period following penalties against Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev.

Cirelli then made it 2-0 at 12:36 of the second when he beat Varlamov five-hole from the left circle after a stretch pass from Palat. It was the Lightning’s 12th straight goal in the series.

But Jordan Eberle ended the Islanders’ drought at 116:25 when he scored on a backhand from the slot at 14:22 of the second period to make it 2-1. It was his first goal in seven games.

Varlamov kept the Islanders within one with a glove save on Yanni Gourde‘s shot from the slot at 18:11 of the second.

New York was awarded another power play in the third period but generated one shot after Alex Killorn was called for holding at 8:15. 

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