NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, December 5th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, NY Islanders 0
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Smith turned aside all 30 shots he faced to post his first shutout of the season and ninth of his career, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders, 4-0, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Ryan Malone, Steve Downie, Jeff Halpern and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, who snapped a four-game winless streak. Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Andrej Meszaros each recorded two assists.
"I've been working really hard lately and it was nice to get this," said Smith. "More importantly it was a big win for the team cause we need all the points we can get."
Dwayne Roloson stopped 21 of 25 shots for the Islanders, who have dropped five of eight.
"We're not getting the rebounds and the puck just doesn't seem to be going our way," said New York coach Scott Gordon. "On the other hand, we didn't do anything on our power play. At the end of the day, it's frustrating."
Malone opened the scoring 1:35 into the game and Downie netted a power-play goal with 52 seconds remaining in the first period.
It was 3-0 at the 2:58 mark of the third period when Halpern lit the lamp while New York's Richard Park served a tripping penalty.
Hedman, the second overall pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, pumped in his first NHL goal at 10:31, an even-strength marker.
Tampa Bay improved to 7-2-4 at home this season...The Isles fell to 5-8-5 as the visitor...New York finished 0-for-6 on the power play.
12/06 00:45:43 ET