UNIONDALE (CBS) The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a slow start this season, and Thursday night’s loss to the Islanders was their third loss in four games during their five game road trip.
New York center John Tavares gave the Lightning a heap of trouble on the ice with 2 goals and 2 assists to help his team skate to their second straight win.
The Islanders played like they wanted it more, which led to more opportunities and more momentum in front of their home crowd at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Dwayne Roloson had a night to forget on Thursday as he allowed 5 goals on 19 shots, and was replaced in the second period by back up goaltender Mathieu Garon.
Steven Stamkos had the only goal for Tampa Bay, and at this stage in the season the team has let up more goals than they have scored. They remain in third place behind Washington and Carolina in the Southeast division.
Tavares got going early in the first when he hit a long range shot that was deflected by Roloson and accidentally knocked in the net by defenseman Victor Hedman.
Stamkos tied it up 7 minutes in with a redirection from a shot taken by Marc-Andre Bergeron. The tie didn’t last long, and the Islanders netted three more goals in the first period to take a 4-1 lead heading into the second.
The Isles’ gained a lot of momentum in the first period, which made it hard for the bolts to recover. Roloson had a rough night, and the New York front line seemed unstoppable at times.
Al Montoya saved 34-of-35 shots for the Isles Thursday night, which didn’t help Tampa Bay’s efforts. Guy Boucher will head back to the drawing board as they wrap up their five game road trip tonight down in South Florida against the Panthers.