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Nelson, Varlamov help Islanders beat Lightning 5-3 in Game 3

Nelson’s OT goal lifts streaking Isles over Penguins 5-4
Posted at 11:24 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 23:24:19-04

EDMONTON — Brock Nelson broke a tie with 3:25 left, Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves and the New York Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference final on Friday night.

The Islanders rebounded from a stunning finish to Game 2 to trim their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven matchup, but it wasn’t easy.

Tampa Bay wiped out a two-goal deficit in the first 13 minutes of the final period before Nelson, who also had an assist, beat goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy off a pass from Anthony Beauvillier.

Jean -Gabriel Pageau added an empty-netter in the last minute. Game 4 is Sunday.