Islanders take down Lightning

Joann Johnston
November 19, 2017

Stamkos had two goals and two assists, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves to beat his mentor Ben Bishop, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 6-1 Thursday night.

Off to a sizzling start to the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning know they carry a target on their jerseys. Bishop holds the Lightning career wins record with 131, while Vasilevskiy has gone 26-5-3 since taking over the starting role.

NY jumped on Tampa Bay early, pressuring pucks from the opening faceoff and creating turnovers.

"It was huge to get on the board quick and get that confidence in a place like this, but we really just executed", Islanders coach Doug Weight said. "We just have to find a way".

Yanni Gourde and Ondrej Palat scored 13 seconds apart to cut the Islanders lead in half. Three wins, a plus 13 goal differential, with four goals and three assists for himself in three games?

The Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen stopped 42 shots while Cory Schneider made 24 saves for the Devils.

"Embarrassing", Stars left wing Jamie Benn said.

Second Period_1, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 9 (Hedman, Kucherov), 0:47 (pp).

The Islanders were not going to be an easy two points for the Lightning.

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Vasilevskiy made a pair of strong saves on right-circle shots by Tyler Seguin. 2, Dallas, Faksa 4, 3:34.

Tampa Bay went up 3-1 with 8:20 left in the second when Point had a short-handed goal. Point couldn't get his blade on the puck and the scoring chance disappeared.

That all-important third goal went to the Islanders at 7:09 of the second when Brock Nelson found the top of the net from the left of Vasilevskiy.

Stamkos, Dotchin and Kucherov had third-period goal.

OTTAWA - Pittsburgh scored twice in the second period and held on to defeat Ottawa in a rematch of last spring's Eastern Conference finalists. "It was a great thing", Bishop said.

"These fans mean a lot to me", Bishop said. U.S. Army veteran Cliff Zalay performed the National Anthem on his harmonica.

The Islanders have had an up and down start to the season and are hoping that a road trip to Tampa Bay will serve as a jumping off point for the rest of the season as the Bolts are looking like a legitimate Stanley Cup threat and as the season moves along I think we will start to see teams give it their absolute best every time they see Tampa on the schedule. Seven of Stamkos' 10 goals have come on the power play.

The Lightning magic was nowhere to be found for much of the night.

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