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‘Screams playoff hockey’: Twitter reacts to game-saving move on Lightning’s Ryan McDonagh

The play by the Islanders’ Ryan Pulock prevented Game 4 from going to overtime as time expired.
Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) is down along with New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) as defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) makes a save while defending the net during the final seconds of Saturday's game.
Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) is down along with New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) as defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) makes a save while defending the net during the final seconds of Saturday's game. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jun. 20
Updated Jun. 20

Ryan McDonagh was just trying to get a last-second shot on net.

Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock had other ideas as he made a diving save across the goal line to save the backhanded shot as time expired. Had the puck gone in, Game 4 would have gone into overtime.

“A great move by their defenseman,” McDonagh said, “desperation, and he comes up with a huge block.”

The Lightning lost 3-2 in New York, rallying from a 3-0 deficit. The semifinal series is now tied at 2-all with Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Monday at 8 p.m.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the play:

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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