Tampa, Fla. (CBS) The New York Islanders made a visit to the St Pete Times Forum Thursday night and lost a decisive 4-1 result against the Tampa Bay Lightning. A week after the bolts suffered a 5-1 loss in New York, they came back last night and returned the favor to end their five-game skid and tally their first home win of the season.
A poor start on the road left a bad taste in every Lightning players’ mouth, but a dominant win at home surely left the team feeling better about their chances to get back to where they left off last season.
Tampa Bay controlled every aspect of the game against New York, and their perseverance paid off with an improved night on defense and continued strength and productivity on offense.
Ryan Malone, Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and Brett Clark found the back of the net during last night’s win, and on defense the Lightning held New York to a total of 17 shots.
With a good performance on defense, the bolts made it easy on Mathieu Garon in net. He allowed one goal in the third period and shut down Isles all-star John Tavares with three key saves in the first period.
The bolts kept the puck out of their zone and put pressure on New York’s defense the entire game. When you hold a team to 17 shots through three periods of hockey, good things will happen.
Buffalo comes to town on Saturday to face the Lightning in yet another home game in the newly renovated Forum. The puck drops at 7:00 PM ET.