Lightning crush Islanders to seal series


The Tampa Bay Lightning proved their strength in depth once again as they secured a 4-1 series victory over the New York Islanders in their second-round Stanley Cup playoff tie.

Victor Hedman was on fire as the Lightning won game five 4-0 to progress to an Eastern Conference final against either the Washington Capitals or the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Islanders were on the back foot from the first play but the Lightning were unable to break through until the 13th minute of the first period when Hedman scored his first of the night.

The Swede worked some space for himself before dispatching a wrist shot beyond Thomas Greiss in the Islanders goal.

Brian Boyle doubled the Lightning's advantage just five minutes later on the back of some fine work from Matthew Carle and Cedric Paquette, to hand the home side a two-goal cushion heading into the second intermission.

Hedman had his second of the night and his fourth of the play-offs this season on the powerplay to make it 3-0 just over four minutes into the second.

Greiss was brave in goal for the Islanders and stopped the score from blowing out even more, but he was powerless to stop Nikita Kucherov from completing the rout four minutes into the third when he skated clear of the Islanders defence for a simple finish one-on-one.