Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov injured in first period after collision; returns for second period

Jun 13, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightningduring the first period in game one of the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov was forced to leave Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals midway through the first period after Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point was shoved into him at high speed.

Islanders lose Varlamov

With the host Lightning leading 1-0 on a goal by Point a few minutes earlier, Varlamov, who made a handful of big saves early in the game, was on the ice for several moments and holding his head after the collision.

Varlamov, who stopped 10 of 11 shots before exiting, eventually got to his skates but left for the dressing room and was replaced by Ilya Sorokin.

Point was clearly pushed into the netminder by Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech, but received a goaltender interference penalty on the play. The Islanders — who won the series opener — evened the score with Brock Nelson’s goal on the ensuing power play.

It wasn’t immediately known whether Varlamov was pulled from the clash by the concussion spotter, or if the decision was made by a member of New York’s training staff or by Varlamov himself.

Update: Varlamov is back for the second period. The game can be followed here.

–Field Level Media