Islanders have unfinished business against Lightning in Semifinals

The New York Islanders believe they have unfinished business to take care of when they open the Stanley Cup Semifinals at the Tampa Bay Lightning with Game 1 of the best-of-7 series on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

This is the second straight season the Islanders and Lightning will play a series with a berth in the Stanley Cup Final at stake. Tampa Bay defeated New York in six games in the Eastern Conference Final last season before winning the Stanley Cup.

But the Islanders say this series isn’t as much about avenging that loss to the Lightning as it is about taking the next step toward their goal of winning the Cup. 

“We’re only halfway there,” Islanders forward Josh Bailey said Friday. “It wasn’t about Tampa Bay specifically. They’re a team we have to go up against right now.”

Maybe the Islanders surprised some by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the…

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