NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at NY Islanders
(Saturday, February 13th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 4
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Richard Park scored twice, including the game-winning tally late in regulation as the New York Islanders edged Tampa Bay, 5-4, at Nassau Coliseum.
Kyle Okposo, Doug Weight and Blake Comeau each posted a goal and one assist for the Islanders, who have won two of three after a seven-game losing streak.
Martin Biron picked up his fourth win of the season with 38 saves.
Steven Stamkos had a goal and a helper for the Lightning, who have dropped their last two after winning four straight. Steve Downie, Mike Lundin and Nate Thompson also scored.
Antero Niittymaki allowed five goals on 33 shots in defeat.
The Islanders assumed a 5-4 advantage with 2:22 left in regulation on a disputed score.
Park's wraparound at the left post was stopped by Niittymaki's quick pad, but the forward squared himself and shot high and just inside the right post. The ruling on the ice was no goal, but a review determined that the puck clearly crossed the goal line on its way to the net.
"You never know. Sometimes you'd like to think with the camera angles that the off-ice officials do a heck of a job," Park said. "But sometimes you never know. It was a fortunate call for us and we got the two points."
Niittymaki went to the bench for an extra attacker with 1:27 remaining, and Biron withstood tense moments down the stretch, including a body stop on a deflected Kurtis Foster chance with one second to play.
Comeau opened the scoring for the Isles at 7:31, outwaiting Niittymaki and slipping a shot under the crossbar from the right side. Stamkos evened the game off a passing play from Foster and Martin St. Louis at 11:14.
Lundin's shot from a faceoff win made it 2-1 Bolts with 5:31 left in the first, but Weight picked up his first of the season at 4:26 of the second period.
Thompson's redirection of an Alex Tanguay chance put Tampa back on top with 7:33 left in the second, but the Islanders scored twice in a 60-second span to take the lead.
First, Tavares tallied on a wrister from the slot at 16:12, then Park poked home a loose puck off a Comeau shot at 17:12.
Downie's tip of a Mattias Ohlund blast less than three minutes into the third provided a 4-4 deadlock.
"We'll just try to work harder. We have another big game tomorrow and we can't dwell on what happened today," Tanguay admitted. "We have to come up big one more time. After tomorrow, we certainly have enough time to get away from all the pressure."
Despite the loss, Tampa Bay took three of four in the season series...Both teams are in action on Sunday before the Olympic break, as New York hosts Ottawa while Tampa heads to Manhattan to face the Rangers...Biron and Niittymaki teamed up in goal for the Flyers from February 2007 until the end of last season.
02/13 22:10:44 ET