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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Tampa Bay

(Tuesday, March 20th)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT)

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Filip Kuba scored just 55 seconds into overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders at St. Pete Times Forum.

In the extra session, Eric Perrin received a pass at the left circle on the fly and let loose with a wrister that appeared to be going wide of the net, but Kuba got his stick on it to redirect the puck into the net to win the game.

Perrin and Jason Ward each finished with a goal and an assist and Vincent Lecavalier notched a goal for the Lightning, who snapped a three-game slide.

Johan Holmqvist finished the game with 21 saves for Tampa Bay, which has 84 points and currently sits in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. Also, the team is four points behind Atlanta for first place in the Southeast Division.

Tampa Bay has won eight consecutive contests against the Islanders.

Richard Zednik had a goal and an assist and Richard Park and Miroslav Satan also lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have dropped their last four games.

Rick DiPietro returned after sitting out the previous two games with a neck injury suffered in Montreal on March 13, but despite making 36 saves still suffered the loss for New York, which has 79 points, one point behind Carolina for the final playoff spot.

Tampa Bay drew first blood in the game on a power-play goal when Ward's backhand pass from the low left side hit off the right skate of Perrin and slid behind Dunham 9:20 into the contest.

Holmqvist only needed to make four saves in the first period to keep the Islanders off the scoreboard.

The Lightning made it a 2-0 game as Martin St. Louis sent a pass from the deep left boards to the slot where Lecavalier snapped a wrister over the glove of DiPietro for his 49th goal of the season.

The Islanders, though, answered with three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead into the third period.

Just 14 seconds after the Lecavalier goal, the Islanders won a left circle faceoff and a quick snap shot from Zednik found its was past Holmqvist to make it a 2-1 game.

Halfway through the period, New York tied the game with a shorthanded goal when a wrist shot by Park beat Holmqvist over the blocker for his sixth goal of the season.

The Islanders grabbed the lead with 2:36 left in the second as a wrist shot from the right circle by Satan beat a screened Holmqvist for his 25th goal of the season.

Tampa Bay, though, tied the game 4:21 into the third as Ward smacked a loose puck into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Game Notes

The Islanders return home to face Pittsburgh on Thursday...Tampa Bay hosts New Jersey on Thursday...Tampa Bay went 1-for-6 on the power play while New York failed to score on either of its two chances...Lecavalier has 499 points in his career.

03/20 22:41:30 ET

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