NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Tampa Bay
(Sunday, March 19th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, NY Islanders 3
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier and Fredrik Modin tallied a goal and an assist apiece as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders, 5-2, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Martin St. Louis, Pavel Kubina and Ruslan Fedotenko each scored a goal and John Grahame made 30 saves for the Lightning, who have won two straight and three of their last four games.
"Like we always say, when we're successful everybody's playing as a team and that has a lot to do with the goalie making saves," Grahame said. "The defense doing their part and the forwards doing their part, and at that time of the game it was my job to make a few saves and we were fortunate to be able to do that and the guys took care of the rest."
Alexei Yashin and Bruno Gervais notched a goal apiece and Rick DiPietro stopped 32 shots for the Isles, who have lost three straight following a four game winning streak.
"We have to play harder with more desperation," DiPietro said. "We needed those two points badly but we couldn't get them."
New York drew first blood 1:46 into the opening frame after Gervais blasted a shot from the right point that caromed off of the post, then off of Grahame's leg and trickled toward the goal. Tampa defenseman Paul Ranger dove to try to keep the puck out of the net, but his stick ultimately pushed it in for a 1-0 New York lead.
The Lightning tied the game while on the power play with 3:42 left in the first period after Kubina beat DiPietro stick side from below the left circle to make it 1-1.
The Isles regained the lead with 2:08 left in the opening stanza as Yashin gathered a rebound in the slot and banged it past Grahame for a 2-1 advantage.
Tampa Bay, however, scored the next four goals to seal the win.
The Lightning netted the equalizer with 27.4 ticks left in the second period when Lecavalier deflected a pass from Vaclav Prospal past DiPietro to make it 2-2.
Tampa took the lead for good 9:17 into the final frame after Fedotenko redirected a shot past DiPietro for a 3-2 lead. Modin's shot from the point deflected off Isles' defenseman Chris Campoli, then off of the shaft of Fedotenko's stick and past DiPietro for the tally.
Tampa upped its lead to 4-2 with 5:33 left in the game as St. Louis beat DiPietro with a slap shot from the right circle. The Lightning finished off the Islanders with 2:27 left in the contest when Modin beat DiPietro stick side with a wrist shot from the slot for a 5-2 margin.
The Tampa Bay Lightning swept the season series with the New York Islanders for the first time in 11 years...Lecavalier extended his point streak to seven games...Tampa Bay has won each of this season's four meetings with New York, and including the playoffs, has won seven straight in the series...The Lightning has taken six of the last nine encounters...The Isles were 0-for-1 on the power play, while Tampa Bay went 2-for-7.
03/19 20:45:44 ET