Andrei Vasilevskiy made 18 saves, posting his second shutout in three games, for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Vasilevskiy has a shutout in four straight series clinching games, an NHL record.
The Lightning will defend its crown starting Monday against the upstart Montreal Canadiens.
Yanni Gourde provided the only scoring with a shorthanded goal at 1:49 of the second period when he one-timed Anthony Cirelli’s pass in the slot by Semyon Varlamov.
It was the first time in NHL history a Game 7 ended with the final score 1-0 and the only goal scored was a shorty.
Varlamov made 30 stops for the Islanders, who were trying to reach the Cup Final for the first time since 1984, when their dynasty was ended by Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. Instead, they were eliminated by the Bolts in the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season.
2021 Stanley Cup Final schedule
Game 1: Monday, June 28, 8 p.m., Canadiens at Lightning, NBCSN
Game 2: Wednesday, June 30, 8 p.m., Canadiens at Lightning, NBCSN
Game 3: Friday, July 2, 8 p.m., Lightning at Canadiens. NBC
Game 4: Monday, July 5, 8 p.m., Lightning at Canadiens, NBC
Game 5: Wednesday, July 7, 8 p.m., Canadiens at Lightning, NBC (if necessary)
Game 6: Friday, July 9, 8 p.m., Lightning at Canadiens, NBC (if necessary)
Game 7: Sunday, July 11, 7 p.m., Canadiens at Lightning, NBC (if necessary)
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