TBL
38-36-8
NYI
34-37-11

35 SOG
34 SOG

Islanders 5, Lightning 1

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

The final score of Thursday's game against the New York Islanders was not completely indicative of the effort displayed by the Tampa Bay Lightning. In fact, a lot actually went right for the Bolts.

After being outshot in each of its past two games, Tampa Bay bounced back to hold a 35-34 shot advantage over New York. The Lightning nearly matched the Islanders in blocked shots and received a stellar relief performance in goal from Mathieu Garon. In the end, they fell to the Islanders 5-1 at the Nassau Coliseum Thursday night.

Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who are now winless in three-straight after allowing at least four goals in each of those defeats.

John Tavares scored twice and added two assists for the Islanders, who have now won back-to-back games since dropping the season-opener to the Florida Panthers last week. Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner and PA Parenteau also had goals for New York.

With a record of 1-2-1, Tampa Bay - which visits Florida on Saturday to conclude a season-opening five-game road trip - is under the .500 mark for the first time under second-year coach Guy Boucher.

Entering the contest, neither team's superstar had yet to score a goal this season, but that changed rather quickly.

Stamkos' first of the season at 7:10 beat Al Montoya and erased an early one-goal deficit after Tavares opened the scoring just 36 seconds following the opening puck drop.

A 34-save effort by Montoya, as well as the fast start sparked by Tavares, seemed to set the tone for the Islanders throughout the remainder of the game. Untimely turnovers by Tampa Bay in its own zone and a series of unlucky bounces proved costly.

New York scored three consecutive goals, all in the first period on the heels of Tavares' opening tally, which put the game out of reach well before the start of the second period.

Moulson quickly restored New York's lead as he beat Dwayne Roloson at 9:24 of the first. With the teams at even strength, Mark Eaton ripped a shot from the point that went off the goal post. Tavares whacked at the rebound before the puck trickled out in front, where Moulson put it home to make it 2-1.

Things didn't improve as the game went on.

Tavares cashed in his second of the night with less than five minutes to go in the opening frame. Moulson got the play started when he threw one towards the net from the left circle. The puck hit Roloson's skate and landed right on the stick of Tavares in front of the goalmouth, where he quickly tapped it home.

Parenteau, who earned a secondary assist on Tavares' last goal, then found the back of the net himself at 18:39 to put New York up by three after Bolts defenseman Victor Hedman was stripped of the puck at the top of the crease.

"It was important for us to get back to our game after that," Lightning assistant coach Martin Raymond said. "We had a lot of trouble clearing the puck out of our zone."

Roloson's night came to an end midway through the second period after Grabner closed out the scoring with the Islanders' fifth goal of the night.

Grabner took advantage of a Brett Clark turnover at the blue line and finished off an odd-man rush with Kyle Okposo to make it 5-1 and prompt Lightning head coach Guy Boucher to make a switch in goal.

Roloson made 13 saves on 18 shots.

Although the Islanders' top line seemed to get into a rhythm as the night went on, it was still no match for Garon, who made a number of key stops to prevent the margin from widening.

"I wanted to turn the game around," Boucher told reporters following the game."I always believe it's never over. That was our trademark last year, always coming back. I believe we could have done something, but the rebounds are never popping right now. We've got a lot of things to take care of, and we will."

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TBL
NYI
Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:36NYI John Tavares (1) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 NYI
07:10TBL Steven Stamkos (1) ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (3) 1 - 1 Tie
09:28NYI Matt Moulson (1) ASST: John Tavares (1), Mark Eaton (1) 2 - 1 NYI
15:15NYI John Tavares (2) ASST: Matt Moulson (1), Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (3) 3 - 1 NYI
18:39NYI Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (1) ASST: John Tavares (2) 4 - 1 NYI
2nd Period
06:47NYI Michael Grabner (1) ASST: Kyle Okposo (1) 5 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
NONE
Three Stars of the Game
John Tavares
1st
John Tavares
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 4
+/-: 4TOI: 14:52
Matt Moulson
2nd
Matt Moulson
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 13:18
Al Montoya
3rd
Al Montoya
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 32-33
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .971SH: 1-1
Penalty Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
07:24NYI Mark Streit  Hooking against  Teddy Purcell
11:49TBL Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking against  Michael Grabner
12:51TBL Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
3rd Period
05:14NYI John Tavares  Hooking against  Brett Clark
05:34TBL Vincent Lecavalier  Roughing against  Travis Hamonic
07:38NYI John Tavares  Roughing against  Victor Hedman
07:38TBL Victor Hedman  Roughing against  John Tavares
13:24NYI Josh Bailey  Hooking against  Dominic Moore
19:07TBL Mattias Ritola  Cross checking against  Andrew MacDonald
shots by period
PeriodTBLNYI
1st1115
2nd1614
3rd85
Total3534
Team Stats
CategoryTBLNYI
Power Plays0/30/4
Hits1329
Faceoff Wins2726
Giveaways69
Takeaways1820
Blocked Shots1315
Penalty Minutes108
  • TAMPA BAY
  • NY ISLANDERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2E. BrewerD00-30018:03
4V. LecavalierC00-14416:37
7B. ClarkD00-10020:17
9S. DownieR00-21014:10
12R. MaloneL00-11016:05
13P. KubinaD0001221:18
14B. ConnollyR0013014:41
16T. PurcellR00-1108:10
18A. HallR00-22012:20
19D. MooreC00-32014:40
21M. RitolaC00-28215:11
22R. ShannonR00-11012:33
26M. St. LouisR0010018:36
27B. GervaisD0001017:25
44N. ThompsonC00-21014:30
47M. BergeronD01-13019:08
77V. HedmanD00-34219:29
91S. StamkosC1012017:59
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30D. Roloson1318.72226:47
32M. Garon16161.00033:08
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. StreitD0022220:51
3T. HamonicD00-10022:32
4M. EatonD0133017:14
10M. MottauD0031015:20
11B. RolstonR0001015:12
12J. BaileyL0001214:12
15P. ParenteauR1143015:12
16M. ReasonerC0001012:31
17M. MartinL0004013:34
21K. OkposoR0103015:29
24S. StaiosD0023018:07
26M. MoulsonL1143013:18
29J. PandolfoL0000012:44
40M. GrabnerR1004016:38
47A. MacDonaldD00-10023:29
51F. NielsenC0000016:30
57B. ComeauL0001014:15
91J. TavaresC2244414:52
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35A. Montoya3435.97160:00