The New York Islanders scored five goals in their 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lighting on Thursday night (Oct. 13, 2011) from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Turns out they only needed two.
That means John Tavares pretty much had this one in the bag by the end of the first period, as the 21-year-old center went unassisted into the net just over 30 seconds into the game.
Tampa Bay would tie it up a few minutes later after Steven Stamkos snuck one in (with a little help from Marc-Andre Bergeron), but Matt Moulson quickly answered with a wrist shot at the 9:28 mark.
From there, it was academic.
Tavares would get his second goal of the night before Pierre Parenteau got in on the action to cap off a dominant opening period for the Islanders. Michael Grabner flicked one in at 6:47 of the second to help New York improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Lightning fall to 1-2-1 in defeat.