There will be no Sunshine series in the NHL Playoffs.
Instead, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have to face a team that, frankly, has given it a hard time.
The New York Islanders eliminated the Florida Panthers Sunday in double overtime and move on to face Tampa Bay. Games 1 & 2, still undecided, will be at Amalie Arena. Three and four will be in New York. If the teams need it, Games 5 and 7 will be in Tampa.
The Islanders, with John Tavares, took two of three games this season from the Lightning.Tavarez scored five goals and had four assists in the six games against Florida.
The Islanders took 50 shots on goal against the Panthers.
The Lightning beat New York in five games on the way to their Stanley Cupin 2004. Tampa Bay is hoping to get defenseman Anton Stralman back at some point in the series from a broken leg.