NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at NY Islanders
(Saturday, April 4th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Tampa Bay 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Yann Danis stopped 29-of-30 shots to backstop the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a matchup featuring the Eastern Conference's two worst teams from Nassau Coliseum.
Richard Park, Radek Martinek and Josh Bailey scored for New York, losers of three straight and six of the last seven contests entering Saturday.
"If we keep playing well down the stretch here, it's going to give us confidence going into next year," Bailey said. "Beating a team like Detroit, the Washington game we played really well, and we played really well tonight. So hopefully, we can finish the next four games the same way and carry it into next year."
The Islanders are last in the NHL with just 61 points on the year and Tampa Bay is 14th in the East with 66 points.
Matt Pettinger tallied the lone goal for the Lightning, who have lost six straight games. Mike McKenna made 18 saves in defeat.
Park started things off with a goal just 23 seconds in and Martinek's slap shot with the man advantage provided a 2-0 lead at 14:52 of the second.
"I feel like I gave the game away in the first forty seconds," McKenna said. "I made a technical error, and I got caught between making save selections. You can't spot a team a lead that early in the game."
Pettinger's power-play marker with 3:22 remaining in the period halved the lead but Bailey converted on another New York power play to make it 3-1 with 10:46 left in the third.
Danis was up to the task, turning aside all 12 shots he faced in the final stanza to allow that score to hold up as the final margin.
The Islanders took three of four from Tampa Bay this year...New York has won six of eight overall in the series and the Bolts have dropped four in a row at the Coliseum...Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier underwent successful arthroscopic procedure on Friday to repair damaged cartilage in his right wrist. Lecavalier, who registered 29 goals and 38 assists in 77 games this year, will miss the remainder of the season and is expected to resume training in 4-to-6 weeks...The Islanders were 2-for-5 with the man advantage while Tampa Bay was 1-of-3...Bruno Gervais and Jesse Joensuu each had two assists in the win.
04/05 02:09:29 ET