NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Tampa Bay
(Thursday, November 17th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, NY Islanders 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis scored with 1:43 left in the third period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Islanders, 3-2, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards both notched goals and John Grahame made 34 saves for Tampa Bay, which has won two of its last three games.
Alexei Yashin had a goal and an assist and Rick DiPietro stopped 28-of-31 shots for the Islanders, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
With time winding down in the third period, Pavel Kubina took a slap shot from the right point. DiPietro made the save, but the rebound sat on the doorstep. Vincent Lecavalier, who had lost his stick earlier in the shift, kicked the puck toward the open net. St. Louis swooped in from behind the Isles goal and backhanded the puck into the net for the game-winner.
"It's ugly sometimes, but we found a way," Richards said. "It has been going the other way for us, and it's nice now (this week) to get five out of six points so far, which is a big boost."
New York drew first blood 5:35 into the contest after Robert Nilsson beat Grahame with a one-timer from below the right circle. Yashin controlled a loose puck in the slot and sent a no-look backhand pass across the front of the crease to Nilsson for the score.
Tampa Bay tied it with 1:28 left in the first period after Fedotenko beat DiPietro glove side. Vaclav Prospal gathered a loose puck behind the net and found Fedotenko, who one-timed it from the left circle into the open net.
"You have got to give them credit," DiPietro said. "They worked hard and they were in the right spot. But it's a tough one for us to drop."
The Lightning took their first lead of the game at 11:49 of the second after Richards swept the puck past DiPietro from the doorstep to make it 2-1. Evgeny Artyukhin threw a backhand pass on goal from behind the goal that hit a Lightning player crashing the net in front. With several players scrambling for the loose puck, Richards found it first and poked it in for the score.
The Islanders netted the equalizer 57 seconds into the third period after Yashin beat Grahame with a shot from the right circle. Arron Asham wristed a shot on goal from the high slot and Grahame made a left pad save. But the rebound kicked out into the right circle and Yashin was the first to get there.
The Isles fell to 5-7 on the road this season...Prospal picked up an assist on Fedotenko's goal and extended his career-best points streak to 12 games, which is one game off the team record set by Brian Bradley in November of 1992. Bradley had 10 goals and nine assists in 13 games that year...This was the first meeting of the season between these teams. New York had won three straight before losing to Tampa...Both teams went 0-for-5 on the power play.
11/17 22:55:17 ET