Lightning chase Islanders' Varlamov in 1st period of Game 5

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The New York Islanders yanked Semyon Varlamov in the first period of Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning after the netminder allowed three goals on 16 shots.

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.

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Lightning chase Islanders' Varlamov in 1st period of Game 5
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