NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at NY Islanders
(Monday, November 6th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, NY Islanders 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Filip Kuba scored twice, as the Lightning continued their domination of the Islanders with a 5-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum.
Johan Holmqvist made 25 saves in the Lightning's fifth straight win over New York. Tampa Bay won all four meetings last season and hasn't lost to the Isles since March 21, 2004.
Martin St. Louis and Kuba scored power play goals less than five minutes apart in the second period for the Lightning. Andreas Karlsson and Eric Perrin also scored for Tampa Bay, which won for just the second time in its last six games overall.
"We've been close quite a bit all year long as far as playing a complete game," Lightning head coach John Tortorella said. "I think our starts are getting better. We want to get into an attitude of dictating the game. I think we did that tonight."
Alexei Zhitnik scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who lost for the second straight time after winning three in a row. Mike Dunham made 22 stops in a losing cause.
"That was more than a clunker," Islanders head coach Ted Nolan said. "The most frustrating part is that we seemed to quit. We can get outskilled. When you look like you quit, that's a different story."
Tampa Bay went 3-for-5 on the power play, scoring three straight with the man advantage.
St. Louis made it 2-1 at the 12:38 mark of the second. Perrin passed the puck from the left circle to St. Louis, who scored on a one-timer from the right circle. The goal ran St. Louis' point streak to nine games.
Kuba's first of the night came with 2:32 remaining in the second. Vinny Prospal centered the puck from below the right circle to Kuba for a deflection in front past Dunham.
Kuba struck again on the power play at 12:55 of the third on a tip-in and Perrin followed up his own stopped shot with Tampa Bay's final goal with 4:28 left.
Karlsson scored at 12:26 of the opening period when he took a centering pass from Ruslan Fedotenko and tipped the puck past Dunham.
Zhitnik tied the game with just under a minute left in the first when his shot from above the left circle found its way through a maze of players. The puck deflected off Holmqvist's glove and trickled past the goal line.
This was the first of four meetings between the teams this season, with the next coming on Nov. 17 at the St. Pete Times Forum...The Islanders will visit Philadelphia on Thursday to begin as five-game road trip...Tampa Bay will finish its four-game road trip on Wednesday in Pittsburgh...Kuba is the first Tampa Bay defenseman to score this season...Lecavalier also has a nine-game point streak.
11/06 23:57:53 ET