NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at NY Islanders|
(Thursday, October 13th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - John Tavares had two goals and two assists in
the first period, leading the New York Islanders to a 5-1 drubbing of the
Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Coliseum.
The other two members of New York's top line -- Matt Moulson and P.A.
Parenteau -- both contributed a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who have
won five of their last six meetings with the Lightning.
Michael Grabner added the other goal for New York and Al Montoya was solid in
net, stopping 34 of 35 shots.
Steven Stamkos netted the only goal for the Lightning with a clever deflection
in front off a point shot from Marc-Andre Bergeron.
Former Islander Dwayne Roloson struggled in net for Tampa Bay, surrendering
five goals on 18 shots before being relieved by Mathieu Garon, who stopped all
16 shots he faced.
The Islanders struck just 36 seconds into the game when Tampa Bay had trouble
breaking out of its defensive zone and the puck found its way to Tavares at
the left circle. He fired a wrister in and out of the glove of Roloson, but
Victor Hedman inadvertently knocked the puck into his own net while
backchecking. The goal was credited to Tavares, his first of the season.
"I think we're just building off of what we had last year," Tavares said of
his line's chemistry. "We had a good training camp together so we're starting
to feel more comfortable with each other and we just want to continue it."
Tampa tied the game at the 7:10 mark when Bergeron intercepted a clearing
attempt at the left point and flipped a soft shot toward the net. The slow
velocity as well as a deflection from Stamkos fooled Montoya and the puck
found its way into the net.
Just over two minutes later, Mark Eaton accepted a pass from Parenteau at the
point and fired a shot that went wide of the cage, but the puck came right
back out in front and Moulson was on the doorstep to slam it home at 9:28 to
give the Isles a 2-1 lead.
New York created its third goal of the period with some excellent passing off
the rush. Parenteau brought the puck up the right wing into the Lightning zone
and found Moulson with a cross-ice pass to the left circle. Moulson then
feathered a pass to Tavares in front and the 2009 No. 1 draft pick tucked it
into the open net for his second goal of the game and a 3-1 lead.
Good puck pursuit in the offensive zone late in the period got the Isles their
fourth goal. Tavares picked up a loose puck in the slot and found Parenteau
standing all alone to the right of the net. The winger calmly one-timed
Tavares' pass into the net at the 18:39 mark for a 4-1 lead.
Sloppy in-zone offense cost Tampa early in the second as Grabner poked a pass
out to the neutral zone and sent the Islanders the other way with a 2-on-1
rush. Kyle Okposo wristed a shot from the right circle off the arm of Roloson
and Grabner batted home the rebound out of mid-air as he was crashing the net
at 6:47 of the second stanza, giving the Islander a comfortable 5-1 margin.
"We turned the puck over and we weren't making plays and it cost us," Stamkos
said. "When you give up four goals in the first period it's tough to win in
New York went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and is 15-for-16 so for this
season...It was the first meeting of the season between the teams. Last season
the Islanders took three of four...Lightning defenseman Bruno Gervais played
his first game against New York after spending his first six NHL seasons with
the Islanders...Islanders forward Jay Pandolfo, who was scoreless in 12:44 of
ice time, is one goal short of 100 for his career...The Islanders will play
the Rangers on Saturday, while Tampa Bay will visit the Florida Panthers, also
10/13 23:03:55 ET