Thomas Greiss was the starter in Game 1 for the New York Islanders, but he found himself on the bench halfway through the first period after giving up 3 goals on 9 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning stomped an 8-2 mudhole in the Isles for a 1-0 series lead. Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point combined for 10 points. The craziest stat of the night, and probably the craziest stat you will ever see was this one:
TB went 58:53 without missing the net. First (and only) miss with 67 seconds to go (Paquette).— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 8, 2020
Think about that for a moment. Every shot they took until that one was either on goal or blocked by Islanders defenders. That is absolutely mindblowing.
Meanwhile, Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals goes tonight, and it’s beginning to look like a lot of the other things you find in Vegas, it’s all a lot of smoke and mirrors. What else could explain the sheer volume of shots and not a lot to show for it over the past few games. Dallas meanwhile appears to have studied the game film a lot, and are clogging up the shooting lanes much like the Canucks did on Vegas, they’re just better defensively. Either way, Vegas could finally meet their match here.
And in case you missed it yesterday, Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverence, while Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild won the King Clancy Trophy for leadership on and off the ice for his commitment to advancing the cause of racial equality in the game of hockey and in everyday life.