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|TBL||0||0||2||0||(0 - 0)||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.
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.
Early in the second period
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
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
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
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
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
“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.”
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
|Bill Guerin Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Comrie|
1 - 0 NYI
|PPG - Brad Richards Wrist shot - ASST: Mathieu Darche , Vinny Prospal|
1 - 1 Tie
|Andy Hilbert Wrist shot - ASST: Trent Hunter|
2 - 1 NYI
|PPG - Brad Richards Slapshot - ASST: Michel Ouellet , Vincent Lecavalier|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Mike Sillinger Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Campoli , Josef Vasicek|
3 - 2 NYI
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Filip Kuba Holding the stick against Radek Martinek|
|Paul Ranger Slashing against Mike Sillinger|
|SA: 34||TOI: 64:32|
|Saves: 32||EV: 22 - 22|
|PIM: 2||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .941||SH: 5 - 5|
|SA: 33||TOI: 63:19|
|Saves: 30||EV: 14 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 14 - 15|
|SV%: .909||SH: 2 - 2|