|NYI||1||1||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|TBL||1||2||2||(0 - 0)||5|
One emerging superstar. Two huge points for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Steven Stamkos scored twice to tie a career-high eight-game point streak and Martin St. Louis recorded a goal for the fifth straight game to match a career best as the Lightning beat the Islanders 5-2 on Thursday.
Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay also scored for Tampa Bay, who moved to 8-1-2 in its last 11 at home.
“A win is always great,” head coach Rick Tocchet said. “We had some good individual performances.”
Antero Niittymaki stopped 34 of 36 shots and moved to 5-0-1 in his last six starts, as the Lightning won for the sixth time in the last nine overall.
Matt Moulson and Jon Sim scored for the Islanders, who lost their sixth straight.
New York has scored just nine goals in its last seven games and has not won on the road since Jan. 9.
“For as hard as we’ve worked, it shouldn’t be that hard to score a goal as it is right now,” Islanders head coach Scott Gordon said. “We generate an opportunity and it doesn’t go in, yet it seems like every time the opposition fires away, it goes in. But that’s where we’re at. We’re in a situation where we’re losing.”
Stamkos opened scoring on the power play at 14:15 in the first period with a slap shot from the left circle, moving the second-year forward into sole possession of a league-best 13 goals on the man advantage.
“I think as a team we’ve got the confidence to win games, and that’s huge,” Stamkos said. “We know we’re going to play well at the beginning of the game and we’re going to give ourselves a chance to stay in it.”
Moulson evened things up just over a minute later when a loose puck at the top of the crease redirected off a skate and under the stick of Niittymaki.
Sim extended the Islanders lead to open the middle frame, but St. Louis and Lecavalier scored a pair of goals just 36 seconds apart to regain the one-goal advantage at 10:13.
“We need to clean some things up here and there, but we held on,” Tocchet added.
Alex Tanguay added an empty netter to seal the win, but not before Stamkos found the back of the net a second time at 11:49 in the final period.
He has six goals and six assists during his current streak.
“He’s at a point to where he sees a chance, and he’s fast enough and is shot is good enough, he can change the game,” Tocchet said of the 2008 first overall draft pick. “He’s a weapon in that he’s very confident right now when he has those chances.”
|PPG - Steven Stamkos (30) ASST: Kurtis Foster (19), Martin St. Louis (44)|
1 - 0 TBL
|Matt Moulson (21) ASST: Bruno Gervais (10)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Jon Sim (8) ASST: Doug Weight (12), Richard Park (12)|
2 - 1 NYI
|Martin St. Louis (18) ASST: Steven Stamkos (29), Steve Downie (17)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Vincent Lecavalier (15) ASST: Alex Tanguay (22), Victor Hedman (11)|
3 - 2 TBL
|Steven Stamkos (31) ASST: Steve Downie (18), Mike Lundin (2)|
4 - 2 TBL
|EN - Alex Tanguay (9) ASST: Stephane Veilleux (4), Vincent Lecavalier (40)|
5 - 2 TBL
|Kurtis Foster Cross checking against Richard Park|
|Dustin Kohn Interference against Steve Downie|
|Victor Hedman Hooking against Jeff Tambellini|
|Andrew MacDonald Holding against Zenon Konopka|
|Andy Sutton Holding against Steve Downie|
|Jeff Halpern Tripping against Mark Streit|
|Mike Lundin Closing hand on puck|
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