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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at NY Islanders



(Monday, February 6th)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, NY Islanders 2 (OT)

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier scored on a breakaway with 55 seconds remaining in overtime to boost Tampa Bay to an exciting 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Martin St. Louis scored the tying goal with 1:12 left in the third period after the Lightning pulled goaltender Sean Burke. Fredrik Modin also scored and St. Louis assisted on the overtime tally, as Tampa Bay won its third straight game.

Mike York and Jason Blake scored for the Islanders, who had a golden opportunity to win the game on an odd-man rush just before Lecavalier's goal. Shawn Bates' shot was saved by Burke, and St. Louis sent a long outlet pass to Lecavalier, who was all alone and he faked Rick DiPietro to the ice before lifting a shot over the fallen netminder.

Miroslav Satan had two assists for New York, which lost for the second time in three contests following a three-game winning streak.

Burke finished with 28 saves, as Tampa Bay moved to 3-0 this season against the Islanders.

DiPietro stopped 21 shots.

The Lightning removed Burke with 1:48 left in regulation and the move paid off. Dan Boyle shot the puck from above the right circle, but it was St. Louis' stick that was stationed in the slot that deflected the puck past a screened DiPietro to tie the game.

Modin scored 1:22 into the contest on a deflection from the left circle following a pass from the slot from defenseman Paul Ranger.

Blake scored at 14:14 of the second and York at 9:19 of the third to push the Isles into the lead. York sent a one-timer from the right circle and the puck was deflected by Blake past Burke.

The Islanders then used a strong rush up ice to go ahead. Satan sent an outlet pass to Brent Sopel, who carried the puck into the Tampa Bay zone before firing a cross-ice pass. York then sent a wrist shot from the left circle high above the right shoulder of Burke.

Game Notes

The Islanders' next home game isn't until after the Olympic break on February 28 versus Montreal. The Isles play at Philadelphia on Wednesday and at New Jersey on Saturday...The Islanders' penalty kill came into the game ranked 29th in the league, including in last place at home with a percentage of 74.7. However, they held the Lightning scoreless on the power play on five man advantage chances.

02/06 21:55:52 ET


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