Lightning Blast the Islanders to Open the Eastern Conference Final

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Brayden Point scored twice and added three assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to an 8-2 win over the New York Islanders to open the Eastern Conference Final on Monday night.

The Lightning scored three times on nine shots to build a 3-1 lead by the 10:46 mark of the first period, and matched a franchise record for most goals scored in a playoff game.

Nikita Kucherov had four assists, and scored his 34th career playoff goal to move one ahead of Martin St. Louis for first on the franchise list.

Yanni Gourde scored twice, Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists and Ryan McDonagh and Ondrej Palat also scored for the second-seeded Lightning.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves, and the Lightning have won five straight, matching their longest playoff run since 2015.

Game 2 is Wednesday.

With files from the Associated Press