Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Tampa Bay 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Matt Martin netted the game-winning goal with
6:26 left to give the New York Islanders a 4-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay
Lightning on Saturday.
Michael Grabner, Andrew MacDonald and Josh Bailey also lit the lamp for the
Islanders, who have won three of their last four games.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 19 shots in the win.
"We weren't happy with our home record, but it is something we wanted to
battle through. We like playing in this building and in front of these fans.
It was nice to get a win for them," Bailey said.
Matt Carle had one goal and one assist and Richard Panik added a tally for the
Lightning, who have dropped two of their last three games.
Ben Bishop made 24 saves but allowed three goals in the setback.
"I guess at this point of the season every loss hurts just a little bit more.
If you're not picking up points, someone else is," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper
With the win, New York holds a two-point edge over the Washington Capitals for
the final spot in the Eastern Conference with 42 points.
Grabner's slap shot with 5:15 left in the first gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead.
Grabner corralled a loose puck in the Tampa Bay zone, skated to the net and
ripped one past Bishop for his 12th goal of the season.
Panik took a pass from Vincent Lecavalier from behind the net and quickly
ripped a snap shot into the back of the net to tie the game with 15:16 left in
the middle session.
Bailey, though, netted a wrister nearly four minutes later to give New York a
2-1 edge. Kyle Okposo skated to the right circle then centered the disc to
Bailey who banged it home.
Carle netted the equalizer four minutes into the third with a backhand. Steven
Stamkos ripped a shot from the point that bounced off Nabokov's chest, but
Carle was there to clean up the miss.
Martin skated into the Lightning zone from the right side and made his way
into the slot before ripping a wrister into the back of the net for the game
MacDonald added an empty netter to account for the final margin.
New York will host the Flyers on Tuesday ... The Lightning will visit the
Washington Capitals on Sunday ... New York came up empty on its only power
04/07 01:43:30 ET
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