Tampa Bay Sports Day

NHL: Boyle’s First Playoff Goal Proves Winner

NEW YORK – For the first time in four trips to overtime in the 2016 NHL playoffs, the New York Islanders did not come out the winner. Tampa Bay’s Brian Boyle’s first playoff goal and game winner in overtime gave the Lightning a 5-4 win in Game 3 and a 2-1 series lead over the Islanders.

“I saw [Thomas Greiss] was down, and I tried to stay at the blue line because I saw [Ryan Callahan] had the puck,” Boyle said. “I tried to actually pass it to him but there wasn’t much of a lane there. I knew he couldn’t one-time it. Fortunate that I think it was [Victor Hedman] who jumped up, and then I just tried to stop, looking for a rebound. It squirted out. It just kind of hit me in the foot. It was kind of a fortunate bounce.”

The Islanders had a one goal lead with under a minute to go in the final period, before Nikita Kucherov tied it up with 38.4 seconds to play. It was Kucherov’s seventh goal, which leads the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The hosts got a pair from Josh Bailey in his return to the lineup.

“I think it was our best game so far,” said New York’s Frans Nielsen, sporting some swelling and a cut under his right eye. “We have to come out and try to be even better next game, but it’s frustrating right now.”

The Lightning’s Ryan Callahan tipped in an Alex Killorn shot past Thomas Greiss, who had 36 saves on the night, with 12.5 seconds to play in the opening period.

Tampa’s Victor Hedman and New York’s Nick Leddy traded goals in the second stanza.

Bailey gave his team a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 2:27 of the third but that lead lasted only 58 seconds before Vladislav Namestnikov tied it for the visitors

Cal Clutterbuck scored the Islanders’ final goal.

“We probably should have won this game tonight and we let it slip away from us,” Bailey said. “That side of it is frustrating. Obviously going forward, we have to try and lock games out and get the job done.”

Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop was pulled for an extra attacker with more than two minutes remaining. He finished with 35 saves.

Bishop said, “We always feel like we are in the game. Guys did a good job of holding on there, and sometimes it takes a little bit longer, but we got one there in the last minute and obviously overtime.”

The Islanders, who won Game 1, outshot the Lightning 39-38

“I can’t sit here and say we were dead; we were down a goal late and had to rely on pulling the goalie, but you take away some chunk of the first period and it was scoring chances all over for both teams,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Game 4 goes on Friday night at Barclays Center. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.