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Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) checks New York Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) in the first period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Uniondale.
Brayden Point and Cal Clutterbuck exchange goals in the second period, and Tampa Bay leads 2-1 heading to the third.
Tampa Bay standouts voted best at their positions in NHLPA player poll.
A postgame interaction with the defenseman helped the 19-year-old forget Tampa Bay’s Game 1 loss.
During his college days at Hofstra, the coach spent much time at Nassau Coliseum. Now, his NHL team can close down the arena.

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  1. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) checks New York Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) in the first period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Uniondale.
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his game wining overtime goal along with goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as the Bolts beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 at Amalie Arena, on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in Tampa.
  3. Eric Shear, left, and his cousin Dominique Canale pose for a photo with Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev on Sunday.
  4. Lightning wing Blake Coleman (20) and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrate with defenseman Jan Rutta (44) following Rutta's third-period goal.
  5. As a student at Hofstra, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper spent many nights at Nassau Coliseum. Now, his team has a chance to close down the Islanders' arena.
  6. Lightning center Brayden Point collides with Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov, after a cross-check from behind by defenseman Adam Pelech, during the opening period. Point was called for goaltender interference.
  7. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, left, and center Brayden Point celebrate the goal by Point during the first period of Game 2 against the Islanders.
  8. The physical play continues past the final buzzer as the Lightning mix it up with the New York Islanders following Game 2 Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  9. Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat celebrates his second-period goal, beating Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov for a 2-1 lead Tuesday night at Amalie Arena.
  10. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his first goal of the playoffs after beating New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) during the third period in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at Amalie Arena on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in Tampa.
  11. Lightning center Brayden Point (21) scores a power-play goal, beating New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) in the final minute of Game 1 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  12. Lightning forward Blake Coleman poses for a family photo with his wife, Jordan, and newborn daughter, Carson.
  13. A video of Vo Williams performing his pregame hype song “Ready Set” is on the center ice display before player introductions during Lightning playoff games at Amalie Arena.
  14. Lightning coach Jon Cooper directs players while on the bench in Game 1 of the semifinals against the Islanders on Sunday.
  15. One telling stat for the Lightning this postseason: None of the defensemen, Ryan McDonagh included, has a goal.
  16. This is what a team looks like when an opponent does not make mistakes. From left is defenseman Erik Cernak (81), left wing Ross Colton (79), left wing Ondrej Palat (18), center Tyler Johnson (9) and right wing Pat Maroon (14) during Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders.
  17. Lightning center Brayden Point (21) scores a power-play goal, beating New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40), to make the score 2-1 late in the third period.
  18. Lightning center Steven Stamkos battles New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech along the glass during the first period at Amalie Arena on Sunday.
  19. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) looks on as New York Islanders center Josh Bailey (12), left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18), and Mathew Barzal (13) celebrate after Barzal scored the first goal of the game during the second period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at Amalie Arena on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Tampa.
  20. While falling down to the ice, New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal gets the puck past Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to score the first goal of the semifinals during the second period at Amalie Arena.
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