NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at NY Islanders
(Thursday, February 21st)
Final Score: NY Islanders 1, Tampa Bay 0
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Rick DiPietro made 32 saves to record his third shutout of the season and 14th of his career, as the New York Islanders blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-0, at Nassau Coliseum.
Miroslav Satan scored the only goal for the Islanders, who have reeled off six straight wins for the first time since December 21-31, 2003.
"I think both teams realized after playing last night nobody had fresh legs, everyone was a little tired, so we were all trying to be cautious and not take too much risk," said Satan. "So overall it was a patient game and we got one more goal than they did."
Karri Ramo, who had won two of his last three starts, took the loss despite stopping 27-of-28 shots.
"You have to really stay patient the way they (Islanders) play," Tampa Bay's Brad Richards said. "We had some chances and we didn't get it done."
Satan put the Islanders on the board when he took a feed from Sean Bergenheim, moved into the slot and snapped a perfectly placed wrister above the right pad and below the right arm of Ramo at the 5:37 mark of the third. Drew Fata, appearing in only his fifth NHL game, picked up the secondary assist for the first helper of his career.
DiPietro turned aside 14 shots in the third and received help from the goalpost, as Vincent Lecavalier's shot rang off the iron with 5:08 remaining.
With 1:53 to go in regulation, Tampa Bay defenseman Shane O'Brien was assessed a double minor, effectively ruining any chances the Lightning had to tie the game.
In a scoreless opening frame, the Islanders outshot Tampa Bay 14-7, with 12 different players registering at least one shot.
DiPietro and Ramo remained perfect in the second period, stopping 11 and seven shots, respectively.
New York Islanders enforcer Chris Simon returned to the lineup after serving an NHL-record 30-game suspension for purposely stepping on the leg of Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu with his skate on December 15. In order to make room for Simon, the club reassigned left winger Jeff Tambellini to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League...The Islanders have appeared in 34 one-goal contests, going 20-7-7...New York will look to sweep the four-game season series on March 11 at Tampa Bay...Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella remains one win shy of tying Bob Johnson (234) for the most wins all-time by an American- born coach.
02/21 23:35:46 ET