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Islanders defeat Lightning 5-2 | March

New York Islanders Right Wing Michael Grabner (40) Gets

The New York Islanders defeated Dwyane Roloson and the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 tonight. The win marks the first time the Islanders have won consecutive games in Tampa Bay and Sunrise, Florida since October of 2001. It also moves the team to 29-33-12 on the season.

Tampa Bay jumped out early, Nate Thompson scored just 1:01 into the game for the Lightning. The Lightning lead lasted until the 10:22 mark, where Josh Bailey buried the puck in a virtual empty net during an Islanders power play chance.

The Islanders continued the scoring in the second period as both Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin would score and put the Isles ahead 3-1 by the end of the second period. Okposo scored after he redirected a shot from the point by Milan Jurcina past Dwayne Roloson. Matt Martin scored on a nice move getting in front of Dwayne Roloson’s net and putting the back hander past the former Islander.

The third began with the Isles continuing the scoring even when they were on the penalty kill. With Blake Comeau in the penalty box for high sticking, Frans Nielson had a shorthanded breakaway. Nielson lost control of the puck, picked it back up and then fired a shot past Dwayne Roloson to make it 4-1 Islanders. Tampa would get It back quickly Dominic Moore would score on 5 on 3 opportunity to make it a 4-2 game. Michael Grabner sealed the deal for the Islanders when he hit an empty net goal with the game winding down to the final seconds.

The Good

Tonight the Islanders did a lot of things right against a very good Tampa team. Their penalty kill unit stepped up big time tonight scoring two shorthanded goals and raising the total to 16 shorthanded goals on the season. As well Frans Nielson moved his total to six shorthanded goals on the season bringing him one goal shy of tying Bob Bourne’s Islanders record.

Al Montoya was also huge in net for the Islanders when they needed it the most. Montoya stopped 36 of 38 shots he faced against the Lightning. Also making a big save stopping the puck with his stick before it could cross the goal line.

The Bad

While there was not too much “bad” tonight, there was one thing that the Islanders did that could have hurt them badly; The Islanders took to many penalties in the third period. To be specific, the Isles took seven penalties in the third, although two of which were coincidental minors, it still gave the Lightning plenty of chances to make a comeback. Especially after Dominic Moore score to make it a two goal game.

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