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Associated Press

Tensions rise quickly in semifinals between unfamiliar foes

When a heated scrum broke out between Islanders and Lightning players at the final horn of Game 2 and New York’s Travis Zajac wrestled Tampa Bay’s Anthony Cirelli to the ice, it did not feel like these teams didn’t face off all season. “I think we are familiar with them from the last playoffs,” Lightning forward Ondrej Palat said. With a few new faces, the Islanders and Lightning picked up their rivalry right where they left off in the 2020 bubble playoffs.