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Sep 16, 2020
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Varlamov could not hold back his emotions and violently celebrated the victory over “Tampa”

In the National Hockey League (NHL), the fifth match of the semifinal series of the Stanley Cup playoffs took place, in which the New York Islanders in overtime with a score of 2: 1 snatched the victory from the Tampa Bay Lightning and reduced the gap in the series to a minimum ( 2-3).

In the main time of the game, the rivals exchanged a goal once. At the end of the first period, the Islanders' defense player Ryan Pullok opened the scoring in the majority. Lightning bounced back at the start of the second twenty minutes thanks to an accurate hit by defender Viktor Hedman. The winner for the Islanders was Jordan Eberle's shot in the second overtime.

The first star of the meeting was recognized as the Russian goalkeeper of New Yorkers Semyon Varlamov, who reflected 36 shots at his goal and did not allow the star attack of “Tampa” to put an end to this series.

- I jumped because I was very happy for us. Our season was at stake in this game. When we scored the winning goal, emotions were overwhelming. I was very happy for the guys, for all of us. We are playing in the final of the conference, and we have a chance to play further, - said Varlamov at a post-match press conference.

The teams will play the sixth match of the series on 18 September. In case of victory, “Tampa” will secure participation in the Stanley Cup final, where “Dallas” is already waiting for its future opponent. If the Islanders win, then the fans will see the seventh decisive match of this exciting confrontation.

NHL. Stanley Cup Playoffs. Semifinal

Tampa - Islanders - 1: 2 OT (0: 1; 1: 0; 0: 0; 0: 0; 0: 1), in a series 3-2

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