Casey Cizikas was a surprise absence for an undisclosed injury in the Islanders’ 5-3 win over the Lightning in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
“He’s a big part of our identity,” coach Barry Trotz said. “I sort of had an inclination yesterday and he wasn’t available today. We’ll see where he is.”
Missing his invaluable fourth-line center, Trotz reconfigured his bottom two lines. Jean-Gabriel Pageau centered Cizikas’ usual wings, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck, and Leo Komarov was between Derick Brassard and Michael Dal Colle.
That meant Andrew Ladd was out of the lineup after playing for the first time since March 10 on Wednesday in the Islanders’ 2-1 Game 2 loss.
The Lightning’s Alex Killorn served his one-game suspension for his boarding major on Brock Nelson in the first period of Game 2. Barclay Goodrow’s unpenalized second-period cross-check on Nelson was reviewed, but supplemental discipline was not issued.
“I thought Killorn would get one,” Trotz said. “I think that’s very fair. I knew the league would look at Goodrow. They look at it frame by frame, so I’m good with whatever they decide. Probably a little disappointed.”
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Killorn, “I think when you look at any hit, you’re fighting for your guy. But if you were to reverse the roles and say what if that was your guy getting hit, then I can see where they’re coming from. A decision has been made. It’s pointless for me to comment on it now.”
Two assists gave Josh Bailey 17 this postseason, the most for the Islanders in the playoffs since Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier each had 18 in 1981 . . . Devon Toews and Ryan Pulock have eight assists each in the postseason, the most for any Islanders defensemen since the 1980-83 Stanley Cup era . . . Anthony Beauvillier’s ninth goal of the postseason is the most for the franchise since Ray Ferraro’s 13 in 1993 . . . The Islanders have gotten goals from 17 different players this postseason, the most for the franchise since 18 players scored in 1983 . . . Defenseman Adam Pelech was a plus-4 in 19:49.
The Lightning were without top-line center Brayden Point for a second straight game after he exited Game 1 in the second period with an undisclosed injury. Point did participate in the Lightning’s morning skate.