Tavares Nets OT Winner, Islanders Win 2-1

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Islanders 2 Lightning 1, OT

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) – John Tavares scored with 1:37 left in overtime to help the New York Islanders take a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In the extra session, James Wisniewski attempted a pass from the left circle to Tavares at the right side. It hit off a Tampa Bay player in front, but Tavares was able to grab the puck and tuck it behind Dan Ellis for the win.

“When John starts to score it will come in bunches,” said New York head coach Jack Capuano. “If he wasn’t getting the chances, we’d be concerned. But the last couple of games he’s been getting the chances.”

P.A. Parenteau scored the other goal while Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves for the Islanders, who were coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to Phoenix on Saturday. However, the Isles have won two of three and have notched points in three straight games for the first time since the end of November.

Ryan Malone scored the lone goal and Ellis finished with 26 stops for the Lightning, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

“It was a tight checking game and the style of play was playoff-like,” said Ellis. “But our intensity was lacking tonight. It was like we were just out there and had no focus.”

Tampa scored on the power play 11:28 into the first as Malone attempted a pass from the slot to the left side, but it hit an Islander, came back to Malone and he fired it past Roloson.

In the waning moments of the second period, the Isles tied the game. Tavares caught up to the puck along the deep right boards and dropped it back for Parenteau, who beat Ellis five-hole.

Ellis stopped 10 shots in the third while Roloson made nine in the period to force overtime.

The Lightning play in New York against the Rangers on Thursday…The Islanders play in New Jersey on Thursday…The Isles have taken two of three from the Lightning this season…The Islanders have 20 points on the season, tied with the Devils for the fewest in the NHL


Tampa Bay Lightning At New York Islanders: Stamkos And The Lightning Pose Tough Test


(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to match their longest winning streak of the season when they visit the lowly New York Islanders tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Lightning have won four straight, leaving them one victory shy of a five- game winning streak from Nov. 17-24. Tampa Bay went just 2-3-2 in the seven games between the two winning stretches.

Tampa Bay recently completed a perfect three-game homestand with Monday's rout of the Carolina Hurricanes. Martin St. Louis scored a goal and dished out two assists to help lead the Lightning to the 5-1 triumph at St. Pete Times Forum.

Dominic Moore and Brett Clark both had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who, with 42 points, are two points behind idle Washington for first place in the Southeast Division. Atlanta is also one point ahead of the Lightning for second place.

Sean Bergenheim and Steven Stamkos also lit the lamp on Monday, while Dan Ellis made 21 saves for Tampa Bay.

Stamkos has five goals over the last five games and his tally in Monday's win was the 100th goal of his career.

"It's obviously nice to have that accomplishment," Stamkos said. "It wasn't really anything that was brought up or that I came into the game thinking about."

The third-year star has 26 goals on the year, leaving him one shy of Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the league lead.

Tampa forward Ryan Malone suffered an upper-body injury in the win over Carolina, but is expected to play tonight. Malone is third on the Bolts in both goals (9) and points (26) this season.

Tonight marks the first of three straight on the road for the Lightning, who are 9-8-2 as the guest.

The Islanders are still last in the NHL with just 18 points on the season and New York enters tonight having lost seven of eight (1-6-1) and 21 of its last 23 games (2-17-4).

New York snapped a six-game slide with a win last Thursday against Anaheim, but the Islanders followed with Saturday's shootout loss to Tampa Bay. Radim Vrbata scored the first goal of the game and also lit the lamp in the second round of the shootout to help lift the Coyotes to the 4-3 decision.

Jesse Joensuu and Michael Grabner each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game win streak from October 16-21. Rob Schremp also scored in defeat.

With starter Rick DiPietro out with a left knee injury, New York recalled goaltender Nathan Lawson on an emergency basis from Bridgeport of the AHL. Lawson stopped 32-of-35 shots in his NHL debut.

"I felt really good about it," Lawson said. "The D did an unreal job of blocking shots. It made my job quite easy. It was a good first game."

DiPietro is not expected to suit up for this evening's game either, but Dwayne Roloson could get the start tonight. The veteran netminder is 4-6-0 with a tie and a 2.70 GAA in 11 career games against the Lightning, but Roloson is 0-11-1 in his last 12 starts this season.

Islanders forward Matt Martin will sit out tonight to serve the first part of a two-game suspension. Martin was suspended by the league for his blind-side check to the head of Phoenix forward Vernon Fiddler during Saturday's game.

The Isles, who are just 4-7-3 as the host this year, are capping a three-game homestand tonight.

The Lightning and Isles have split a pair of games so far this year, with each team winning a test on the road. Tampa Bay has won five of eight overall in the series, but has dropped five of its last seven on Long Island.

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