Lightning chase Islanders' Varlamov in 1st period of Game 5
Rookie Ilya Sorokin replaced the veteran between the pipes.
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz may have been looking for a spark. His club was outshot 19-5 in the opening frame, making it difficult to pin the blame on Varlamov.
Steven Stamkos ripped home a loose puck in the slot for the first tally.
The second marker deflected off defenseman Andy Greene and went through Varlamov's five-hole.
The third goal found its way past Varlmaov after a scramble in front.
The Isles used a goalie tandem throughout the season, and both netminders have seen playoff action. Sorokin played the bulk of Round 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and entered Monday with a .936 save percentage and a 2.28 goals-against average over six postseason contests.