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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Melanie Formentin - TBL.com correspondent

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New York Islanders 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. – Brad Richards scored twice and goaltender Johan Holmqvist made 30 saves, but it wasn’t enough for the Tampa Bay Lightning to hold off the New York Islanders on Saturday night.  Dropping a 3-2 overtime decision, the Lightning fell to the Islanders for the first time in three seasons at the St. Pete Times Forum.


Although Holmqvist stopped six of seven shots in overtime, two consecutive Islanders power plays resulted in Mike Sillinger’s game-winning goal.


Tampa Bay began the contest attacking hard and fast, firing six shots against New York in the opening three minutes of play.  A little more than a minute into the game Vincent Lecavalier looked to connect on a 2-on-1 play with a shot on goaltender Rick DiPietro from the right faceoff circle.  As the puck bounced up and off DiPietro’s mask Martin St. Louis skated in for a rebound attempt that was deflected by Brendan Witt before it reached the Islanders netminder.


Late in the first period the Lightning skated with a 5-on-3 power play after Witt and Trent Hunter were sent to the box with cross-checking and high-sticking minors.  Early in the man advantage Lecavalier broke up a shorthanded breakaway opportunity by Sillinger before feeding an offensive zone pass to Michel Ouellet.  Ouellet aimed high with a shot from the left faceoff dot, but DiPietro made a glove save on the play.


After St. Louis was called for interference Holmqvist responded with a glove save at the opposite end of the ice.  The Islanders’ Richard Park skated down the left wing for a high shot on the Lightning netminder, but Holmqvist grabbed the puck for the save.


Early in the second period Tampa Bay posted a pair of chances as New York skated with a two-man advantage.  Approaching the Islanders net on a breakaway attempt, Richards fired a low wrist shot deep in the slot that DiPietro kicked away with a right pad save.  DiPietro later held off a shot from the edge of the right faceoff circle by Shane O’Brien.


Once again Holmqvist responded for the Lightning as Chris Campoli fired a shot through traffic on the power play.  Dropping to cover the shot from the blue line, Holmqvist smothered a rebound attempt by Park at the right side of the crease.


A little more than five minutes into the second period Andre Roy and Chris Simon exchanged punches.  Following a faceoff win in the Lightning’s offensive zone, the pair met along the right side boards where Roy dropped Simon to end the fight.


Following the play Mathieu Darche gained control of the puck and skated in alone against DiPietro.  The Lightning winger tried to flick a shot to the left of DiPietro, but the Islanders netminder got a piece of the puck to deny the attempt.

At 12:09 of the frame Bill Guerin broke the scoreless tie with his sixth goal of the season.  After Mike Comrie won a faceoff back to Guerin, the New York captain fired a quick from the top of the right faceoff circle that took an odd bounce and dropped past Holmqvist.


Looking to tie the contest early in the third period the Lightning came out of intermission firing at Dipietro.  Less than a minute into the frame Filip Kuba put a shot on DiPietro after jumping into the play to take a pass by Richards.  Moments later St. Louis cut across the blue line and tried to connect on a rebound from a Lecavalier shot, but DiPietro held both attempts off the board.


Despite the saves, Richards connected 3:51 into the period to tie the game at one with his ninth goal of the season.  As Chris Gratton and Darche created a screen in front of DiPietro, Richards fired a wrist shot from the left side boards at the blue line.  The puck sailed high over the left stick-side shoulder of the Islanders netminder for the score.


At 10:45 of the period New York scored to regain their lead, 2-1.  Shooting a low wrist shot from the left hash marks, Andy Hilbert slipped the puck past Holmqvist for his second goal of the season.


The Lightning responded less than three minutes later as they played with their second 5-on-3 power play of the night.  Tying the game at two with 6:21 remaining in the third, Ouellet fed a pass from the right faceoff circle to Richards at the top of the slot.  Richards fired a slapshot that beat DiPietro through the five-hole for his second goal of the night.


With a pair of goals in the contest Richards recorded his third multi-goal night of the season.  Richards, who entered the contest ranked as the league-leader among forwards with an average of 25:04 minutes of ice time per game, skated 31:10 and posted a game-high seven shots on goal.


As the clubs skated out of regulation tied at two the Lightning worked to kill off two consecutive penalties in overtime.  Early in the overtime period Holmqvist denied a hard shot by Miroslav Satan from the right side boards as Guerin created a screen in front of the net.  The Lightning netminder later fell into the butterfly position to hold off a one-timed shot by Guerin from the left faceoff circle.


Holmqvist posted a nearly identical save against Sillinger on the following play, but the Islanders winger went on to snap a shot past the Lightning goalie to win the contest.


“We created a lot of chances tonight,” Holmqvist said. “We played a good game and they got a [lucky goal], and all of a sudden we have to keep battling back, and that’s what we did.  We got a point.”


Despite stopping six shots through the overtime, Holmqvist posted his first loss through five career starts against the Islanders.  The decision marked the first New York win at Tampa Bay since March 16, 2004.


“I thought we played hard,” head coach John Tortorella said.  “We battled back a couple of times… The first few shifts of the game, I knew our team was ready to play.”


Winning three of their four games during the home stand, the Lightning picked up 7 of 8 possible points and skated to a 3-0-1 record.


“We played a great hockey game,” Richards said.  “We got one point.  We would have liked to have two… We battled.  I think you can’t ask more than what we gave tonight.  It was a great effort throughout the team.”


Tampa Bay finished the contest with two power play goals and out-shot New York, 34-33.


The Lightning return to the road on Monday, December 10 (7:30p.m., Sun Sports, 620 WDAE) as they begin a two-game trip when they face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Playing back-to-back games, the team is set to travel to Eastern Canada for the first time this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Bill Guerin (6) ASST: Mike Comrie (13)
1 - 0 NYI
3rd Period
PPG - Brad Richards (9) ASST: Mathieu Darche (4), Vinny Prospal (15)
1 - 1 Tie
Andy Hilbert (2) ASST: Trent Hunter (7)
2 - 1 NYI
PPG - Brad Richards (10) ASST: Michel Ouellet (11), Vincent Lecavalier (26)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
PPG - Mike Sillinger (6) ASST: Chris Campoli (11), Josef Vasicek (4)
3 - 2 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
Chris Gratton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Andy Sutton
Brendan Witt  Tripping against  Vincent Lecavalier
Brendan Witt  Cross checking against  Vinny Prospal
Trent Hunter  Hi-sticking against  Vincent Lecavalier
Martin St. Louis  Interference against  Mike Sillinger
2nd Period
Vinny Prospal  Hooking against  Josef Vasicek
Andre Roy  Too many men/ice - bench
Chris Simon  Fighting (maj) against  Andre Roy
Andre Roy  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Simon
Vincent Lecavalier  Interference against  Andy Hilbert
Shane O'Brien  Hooking against  Andy Hilbert
3rd Period
Josef Vasicek  Hooking against  Martin St. Louis
Vinny Prospal  Hooking against  Bryan Berard
Bryan Berard  Holding the stick against  Vinny Prospal
Miroslav Satan  Hooking against  Vinny Prospal
Rick DiPietro  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
Josef Vasicek  Holding against  Jan Hlavac
OT Period
Filip Kuba  Holding the stick against  Radek Martinek
Paul Ranger  Slashing against  Mike Sillinger
goalie stats
Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro
SA: 34TOI: 64:32
Saves: 32EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .941SH: 5 - 5
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 33TOI: 63:19
Saves: 30EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .909SH: 2 - 2