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Church shows faith in Bishop

Pastor shares photo of sign praising Lightning goalie for helping Tampa Bay return to Eastern Conference Final

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Staff Writer

Another deep Stanley Cup Playoff run by the Tampa Bay Lightning means more spiritual commentary from their most faithful fan.

Tyler Moore, a pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in St. Petersburg, Fla., became renowned for his clever signage and support of the Lightning during their journey to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

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Lightning celebrity fans celebrate on social media

TV personalities, politicians, pro sports teams applaud Tampa Bay, which moved onto Eastern Conference Final

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-0 win against the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena on Sunday cemented their place in the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight year, and some of the team's high-profile fans took to Twitter to celebrate.

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5 Reasons: Why Lightning advanced

Scoring depth, Bishop's outstanding play helped Tampa Bay defeat Islanders in second round

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the second consecutive year with a 4-0 win against the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the second round at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

It is Tampa Bay's third time in the conference final since 2011. They will face the winner of the best-of-7 series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals; Pittsburgh leads 3-2 with Game 6 at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

Here are 5 reasons the Lightning advanced:

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5 Reasons: Why Islanders were eliminated

Lightning kept Tavares off score sheet final four games; New York struggled on power play

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

TAMPA -- The New York Islanders ended their Stanley Cup Playoff hex by winning a round for the first time since 1993, but their season ended Sunday when they lost 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena.

"That's tough part about losing -- not going to the rink tomorrow as a group, getting ready to go out on the ice and practice," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "Every team goes through it. There's only so many teams that make the playoffs, there's only going to be one winner. But I'm proud of the effort that we put forth."

Here are 5 reasons the Islanders were eliminated:

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Hedman was force at each end for Lightning

Tampa Bay's top defenseman played complete game in series win against Islanders

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- For the Tampa Bay Lightning to go deep in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they were going to need their best players to take on an even bigger role with center Steven Stamkos and defenseman Anton Stralman each out because of injury.

Enter Victor Hedman, the 6-foot-6 defenseman who proved he can do just about everything during the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Islanders.

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Depleted Lightning keep winning despite injuries

Tampa Bay, playing without Stamkos, Stralman, reaches second straight conference final

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- Anton Stralman was injured March 25 when the Tampa Bay Lightning played the New York Islanders. He battled in front of the net and his left leg bent awkwardly beneath him as he fell to the ice. Diagnosis: fractured fibula. Timeline: out indefinitely.

Steven Stamkos was injured March 31 after the Lightning played the Montreal Canadiens. His right arm was heavy and swollen after a postgame workout, so he went to see the medical staff. He had surgery April 4. Diagnosis: a blood clot. Timeline: out 1-3 months.

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Islanders may be facing offseason of change

Status of Hamonic, Nielsen, Okposo in question heading into next season

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

TAMPA -- There's little doubt that when the horn sounded on the New York Islanders' season at Amalie Arena on Sunday, a handful of them, even for a few seconds, wondered if they just played their last game in the only uniform they've worn in the NHL.

"Not right now. Please," defenseman Travis Hamonic said after a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning concluded the Eastern Conference Second Round in five games. "You guys have respected it all year. I appreciate that."

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Tavares disappointed with 'brutal' loss

Islanders center shut down again in Game 5, held scoreless in final four against Lightning

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

TAMPA -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares didn't mince words to describe the way his season ended Sunday.

"Brutal," Tavares said after a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena that wrapped up the Eastern Conference Second Round in five games.

It was a rough finish for Tavares and the Islanders, who lost four games in row following a 5-3 win in Game 1. They controlled the play in Games 3 and 4 at Barclays Center, only to lose each in overtime.

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Instant analysis: Islanders at Lightning, Game 5

Tampa Bay wins series, advances to second straight Eastern Conference Final

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight season, eliminating the New York Islanders with a 4-0 win in Game 5 of the second round at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

Defenseman Victor Hedman scored twice, and forwards Brian Boyle and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal. Goaltender Ben Bishop made 28 saves.

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Lightning advance to Eastern Conference Final

Tampa Bay defeats New York in Game 5; Bishop has 28 saves, Hedman scores twice

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Ben Bishop made 28 saves, and defenseman Victor Hedman scored two goals to help the Tampa Bay Lightning advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight year with a 4-0 win against the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the second round at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

The Lightning won the best-of-7 series 4-1. They will play the winner of the second-round series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh leads the series 3-2 with Game 6 on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

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