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Eberle extends series for Isles with 2OT winner in Game 5

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - SEPTEMBER 15: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal past Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second overtime period to give the Islanders the 2-1 victory in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on September 15, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Jordan Eberle extended the Islanders’ season with the double-overtime winner in Game 5. (Getty) 

The matchup for the 2020 Stanley Cup Final isn’t set just yet.

Jordan Eberle deposited a perfect pass from Anders Lee in transition early in double overtime for the New York Islanders, who will live to fight for at least one more game inside the Edmonton bubble after a 2-1 win in Game 5 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.

JORDAN. EBERLE. GAME. WINNER. 🤩

The @NYIslanders force Game 6! 🔥#NHLonSNpic.twitter.com/KWlLJfHGFB

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 16, 2020

Eberle’s winner came on just the 24th shot through four-plus periods for the Islanders, who failed to keep Andrei Vasilevskiy busy in a game in which they blocked more shots than they managed to produce for themselves. But with patience and a commitment to the defensive end, the Islanders accomplished something that not a single opponent had versus the Lightning in parts of 11 overtime frames over the balance of the postseason schedule so far, which was to produce a game winner against them.

Making 36 saves for New York, Semyon Varlamov was the star of the game for the Islanders — and he celebrated accordingly.

Celly of the #StanleyCup Playoffs goes to Semyon Varlamov. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/b1JjgtMP8K

— NHL (@NHL) September 16, 2020

Victor Hedman scored his eighth goal of the postseason to extend his lead among defensemen and strengthen his Conn Smythe Trophy bid, while it was Ryan Pulock that opened the regulation scoring with his second of the playoffs.

The Islanders and Lightning will reconvene in Edmonton on Thursday night for Game 6.

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