NHL Playoffs Daily 2021 - Boston Bruins on the brink against New York Islanders

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With a win Wednesday, New York heads to the Stanley Cup semifinals. Get caught up on all the playoff series here.
Brayden Point scores an unbelievable goal in the second period to send the Lightning to the Stanley Cup semifinals. (0:39)

The Tampa Bay Lightning are Central Division champions and are waiting for the winner of the New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins East Division final, a series that could end on the Island on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens got one game closer to seeing which team they'll be facing in the Stanley Cup semifinals, as the Vegas Golden Knights now hold a 3-2 lead over the Colorado Avalanche after an overtime thriller.

Check out the ESPN NHL Playoffs Daily to catch up every day of the postseason until the Stanley Cup is handed out in July.

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Wednesday's game

Game 6: Boston Bruins at New York Islanders | 7:30 p.m. (Isles lead 3-2)

The Islanders have a chance to close out this series and bring another round of playoff hockey to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Sorry, did we say the Islanders? Of course we mean "The New York Saints," which is what Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy rechristened the team during his epic postgame rant about unbalanced penalties in Game 5. There might be a reference or two to the Saints in the stands at Game 6, we imagine. But will Cassidy's words have any impact on the way the game is called?

About last night

Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Carolina Hurricanes 0 (Lightning win 4-1)

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour lamented his team's 6-4 loss in Game 4 because the team didn't take advantage of a rare off night from Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Game 6 proved him correct: Vasilevskiy was excellent, making 29 saves in the Bolts' shutout win that eliminated…
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