NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Tampa Bay
(Thursday, February 4th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, NY Islanders 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Steven Stamkos continues to impress in his sophomore campaign, scoring twice and adding an assist in Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders.
The 19-year-old was taken as the No. 1 selection in 2008 and has accumulated 31 goals and 29 assists through his first 56 games this season. Thirteen of those points (6 goals, 7 assists) have come over an eight-game scoring streak and have helped the Lightning post five wins in their last seven games.
Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist in Thursday's win to start a four-game homestand. Antero Nittymaki made 34 saves.
Matt Moulson and Jon Sim scored for New York, which equaled its worst losing streak of the season by dropping its sixth straight. The Islanders have failed to earn a single point during the stretch and have scored just eight goals in the slump.
"Very rarely do you have a whole team go cold. Every game we watch, at the end of the game, it's hard to believe we're not scoring on some of these chances," said a frustrated Islanders coach Scott Gordon.
Dwayne Roloson allowed four goals on 30 shots in the loss.
Stamkos' first goal came on the power-play off a one-timer that deflected in off Roloson's blocker for a 1-0 game at 14:15 of the first. Moulson countered with his 21st goal on the year just over a minute later.
Sim's chip-in from the left side of the crease 9:12 into the second gave the visitors a 2-1 edge, but the Bolts had an answer just 25 seconds later, as St. Louis cranked a shot just inside the near post from the low left circle.
Tanguay fed Lecavalier for a one-timer off an odd-man rush for a 3-2 lead less than a minute later.
Things stayed that way until Stamkos picked up the puck through the neutral zone skating down the right wing and fired from just above the circle, beating Roloson's glove for a two-goal cushion with 8:11 left in regulation.
"We have the confidence to win games and that's huge," said Stamkos. "We didn't play overly well at the beginning of the game but gave ourselves a chance to stay in it, With Nitty's goaltending and the way the power play is going right now, it's all going in the right direction at the right time."
After making 15 saves in the second period, Nittymaki was tested by only six shots over the final 20 minutes, and Tanguay's empty-netter inside the final minute sealed the outcome.
New York previously dropped six consecutive games to start the season, going (0-3-3)...The Islanders also finished up a winless four-game road trip Thursday and are 9-16-6 away from Long Island this season...Steve Downie had two assists for Tampa Bay, which was 1-for-3 on the power play...New York failed to convert on its four chances with the man advantage.
02/04 23:59:04 ET