Bolts Fall Short in First Road Game

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

The outcome perhaps wasn’t as favorable as he would have liked, but Vincent Lecavalier still had reason to celebrate Monday afternoon.

Lecavalier, playing in his 1,000th career NHL game, became just the 29th player currently in the NHL to reach the milestone with one team.

That team, however, despite a valiant effort late in the game, fell 4-3 to the New York Islanders in an afternoon matinee on Monday at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

Martin St. Louis, Benoit Pouliot and Steven Stamkos each had third-period goals for Tampa Bay, which dropped its first contest of the season.

Monday’s game was also the first of a back-to-back set, as the Lightning will travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes Tuesday night in Raleigh.

Tampa Bay set the tone early, with both BJ Crombeen and Pierre-Cedric Labrie dropping the gloves within the first nine seconds of the opening period.

Although both teams remained scoreless after the first 20 minutes, some of that same intensity came to life late in the game.

With the Bolts trailing 4-0 in the final frame, a pair of goals just 5:04 apart from St. Louis and Pouliot cut the deficit to two.

St. Louis first took advantage of John Tavares’ giveaway in the slot and bested Evgeni Nabokov for his third goal of the year. Pouliot then made it 4-2 when he picked up a loose puck near the side of the net and shoveled it through at 7:26 of the final period.

“I thought we did a good job of getting pucks deep,” Bolts assistant coach Dan Lacroix said. “Our guys were all over the ice. They were sharp.”

Stamkos made it 4-3 at the eight-minute mark of the third, but that was as close as the Lightning would come.

Nabokov made 23 saves.

Michael Grabner, Matt Martin, Kyle Okposo and David Ullstrom each had goals for the Islanders, which avenged a season-opening loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night to collect their first win.

Grabner opened the scoring at 6:50 of the second after taking a long stretch pass from Mark Streit and eluding Eric Brewer before backhanding one past Anders Lindback while on the power play.

Martin doubled the advantage when he took a pass out of the penalty box and beat Lindback one-on-one. New York then went up 3-0 on Okposo’s goal just 1:12 later before Ullstrom put the Islanders out to a four-goal lead early in the third.

“I thought we had played a great game up to that point,” Okposo said. “We just had to keep it going.”

Lindback stopped 40 of 44 shots, and was phenomenal at times, proving key down the stretch in helping keep Tampa Bay in the game.

Cory Conacher also had two assists for the Lightning, recording his second multi-point effort in as many career NHL games.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
06:50NYI PPG - Michael Grabner (1) ASST: Mark Streit (1), Evgeni Nabokov (1) 1 - 0 NYI
16:23NYI Matt Martin (1) ASST: John Tavares (1) 2 - 0 NYI
17:35NYI Kyle Okposo (1) ASST: John Tavares (2), Matt Moulson (1) 3 - 0 NYI
3rd Period
01:31NYI David Ullstrom (1) ASST: Keith Aucoin (1), Travis Hamonic (1) 4 - 0 NYI
02:22TBL Martin St. Louis (3) ASST: Steven Stamkos (3), Cory Conacher (2) 4 - 1 NYI
07:26TBL Benoit Pouliot (1) ASST: B.J. Crombeen (1), Adam Hall (1) 4 - 2 NYI
08:00TBL Steven Stamkos (1) ASST: Cory Conacher (3), Martin St. Louis (2) 4 - 3 NYI
Three Stars of the Game
John Tavares
John Tavares
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:13
Matt Martin
Matt Martin
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 7
+/-: 0TOI: 8:50
Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:58
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:01NYI Joe Finley  Fighting (maj) against  Pierre-Cedric Labrie
00:01TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
00:01TBL Ryan Malone  Unsportsmanlike conduct
00:01NYI Colin McDonald  Unsportsmanlike conduct
00:01TBL Pierre-Cedric Labrie  Fighting (maj) against  Joe Finley
00:01NYI Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
00:55TBL Eric Brewer  Delaying the game
06:53NYI David Ullstrom  Hi-sticking against  Martin St. Louis
14:04NYI Matt Carkner  Interference against  Ryan Malone
2nd Period
02:05TBL Brian Lee  Cross checking against  Keith Aucoin
05:14TBL Cory Conacher  Tripping against  Marty Reasoner
05:38TBL Eric Brewer  Hooking against  Michael Grabner
06:50TBL Eric Brewer  Hooking against  Michael Grabner
14:16NYI Matt Martin  Holding against  Martin St. Louis
19:07TBL Keith Aulie  Cross checking against  Colin McDonald
3rd Period
17:32TBL Nate Thompson  Holding against  Frans Nielsen
18:13TBL Brian Lee  Holding against  Matt Moulson
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/7
Faceoff Wins3531
Blocked Shots108
Penalty Minutes2618
2E. BrewerD00-10420:35
3K. AulieD0010214:20
4V. LecavalierC00-21017:18
6S. SaloD0003019:43
11T. PyattC0000018:48
12R. MaloneL00-12220:41
15B. LeeD0010415:13
16T. PurcellL00-21014:32
18A. HallR011109:47
19B. CrombeenR011255:55
25M. CarleD00-21024:28
26M. St. LouisR1112020:58
44N. ThompsonC0002216:04
67B. PouliotL10-14010:20
76P. LabrieL000054:54
77V. HedmanD0022020:13
89C. ConacherC0211216:03
91S. StamkosC1114018:13
39A. Lindback4044.90959:40
2M. StreitD01-14029:18
3T. HamonicD0112021:08
7M. CarknerD0000212:00
10K. AucoinC0105014:32
13C. McDonaldR001128:41
16M. ReasonerC000108:10
17M. MartinL100278:50
21K. OkposoR10-14018:36
24B. BoyesR0002021:00
26M. MoulsonL01-15019:53
37B. StraitD00-11017:04
40M. GrabnerR1015020:04
41D. UllstromL101529:27
47A. MacDonaldD0010027:02
51F. NielsenC0001022:30
52J. FinleyD000058:34
53C. CizikasC00-1105:58
91J. TavaresC0205021:13
20E. Nabokov2326.88560:00