Sergachev: There's mutual hatred between Lightning, Islanders
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It was abundantly clear before the end of Friday's Game 3 that the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders aren't overly fond of one another. Bolts D-man Mikhail Sergachev confirmed that assumption.

The blue-liner was asked postgame whether he thought a rivalry was brewing between the two clubs.

"I don't know if it's a rivalry, but they don't like us and we don't like them," he told's Bryan Burns.

The tilt, in which the Islanders prevailed 5-3 to cut Tampa's series lead to 2-1, was filled with physicality, chippiness, and hatred. Things got particularly heated toward the end of the game, as the two teams engaged in a little brouhaha after Jean-Gabriel Pageau's empty-netter.

Matt Martin and Barclay Goodrow then proceeded to drop the mitts.

Game 4 is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

Sergachev: There's mutual hatred between Lightning, Islanders
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