The Lightning lost forward Alex Killorn to a game misconduct in the first period Wednesday night after he was called for boarding the Islanders’ Brock Nelson in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Killorn delivered a shoulder hit well after Nelson had played the puck along the boards in the New York zone. Nelson went face first into the glass.
The Lightning killed the ensuing five-minute power play.
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Tampa Bay’s bench was furious with the call by referee Kelly Sutherland while New York’s bench was furious with Killorn for the hit. Observers could hear exactly what was being said in an empty Rogers Place in Edmonton. (LANGUAGE WARNING.)
Islanders bench after Killorn hit Nelson: “GIVE HIM FIVE, 17! That’s five!”
Tampa bench volleys back: “Clean hit! Not even a two!
It’s announced as a major penalty, Tampa bench: “Review it!”
Isles bench as the five minute major and misconduct is confirmed: “Fuck you Shatty.”
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) September 10, 2020
The Lightning lost another forward the second period when No. 1 center Brayden Point appeared to tweak a hamstring. Point did not return. Lightning coach Jon Cooper provided no details after the game about the injury or Point’s status.
Tampa Bay still managed to win the game 2-1 on Nikita Kucherov’s goal with 8.8 seconds remaining in regulation. The Lightning now lead the best-of-seven series two games to none. Game 3 will be Friday at 8 p.m. ET. The winner of the series will advance to the Stanley Cup Final, which will also be played in Edmonton.