Lightning Strikes as Islanders Streak Reaches 11 games in 4-2 loss
New York, NY - Martin St. Louis recorded three points to help lead the Tampa Bay Lightning (9-7-2) to the 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders (4-11-3) in hockey action on Wednesday night. For the Islanders who tried the turn the page and have a fresh start as Jack Capuano took the reigns in first game as head coach of the Islanders.
It was a different look for the Islanders but they could not stop their losing streak as they have now reached 11 games with a very young and talented squad. Tampa Bay who is also a young squad also has a very complete team with veterans that were on the Stanley Cup winning team in 2004. This year though they have a young man named Steven Stamkos to help carry the load offensively.
Stamkos did just that as he was able to get the first goal of the game for Tampa Bay. The rookie let off a wicket snap shot for the power play goal at the 19:59 mark to give the Lightning the 1-0 lead. Stamkos’ NHL-leading goal was assisted from Brett Clark and Martin St. Louis.
The Lightning struck again as Brett Clark tipped-in a power play goal at the 12:49 mark at the second period. Clark who was assisted by a pass from Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos to give the Lightning the 2-0 lead
New York was able to cut into the lead as Matt Moulson netted the first goal to cut into the Lightning lead. Moulson let off a wicked snap shot which was assisted by Zenon Konopka as the Islanders finally struck back at the 17:26 mark.
The Islanders tried to keep the offensive pressure going as Frans Nielsen let off a wicket slap shot with 42 seconds left on the scoreboard which was gloved saved by keeper Dan Ellis. This would not be the end of the night for Ellis who was stellar making 34 saves in the victory for Tampa Bay. On the other end of the ice Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves in the effort for the Islanders.
Doug Weight continued with the Islanders offensive flurry with 4:43 remaining in the third let off a wicked slap shot but it was stopped by Ellis. Then Blake Comeau had a nifty move at the 4:15 mark in the third period. Comeau tried to top shelf the puck for the game-tying goal but again the Islanders were stopped by Ellis.
New York even had a nice display of passing at the 1:44 mark of the third period the Islanders but the puck slipped away as well as the Islanders hopes of snapping their losing streak. As Martin St. Louis got a two-on-one pass and one-timed it top-shelf to give Tampa the 3-1 lead.
After winning the face-off the Islanders were able to get the puck to John Tavares gets the Islanders to within one goal within the winding minutes of the as Tavares let off a backhanded shot, to cut the lead to 3-2. Islanders tried to keep their positive momentum going by pulling the goalie to try to get more players on their offensive zone and notch the game-tying goal.
Tampa eventually iced the victory as Nate Thompson got the empty net goal to secure the 4-2 victory for the Lightning. The Islanders have a league-low 11 points, but hope still remains as there was a new style of play on the ice under their new head coach.
The Islanders will remain at home to host the Florida Panthers for a 7:00 p.m. Saturday night face-off.