The Tampa Bay Lightning looks to get back on the winning track following Thursday night’s loss to San Jose. Steven Stamkos and the rest of the Lightning are still in second place in the eastern conference behind Montreal, but if they hope to stay there they can’t have games like they did on Thursday. The team was out shot in the first 2 periods by a combined total of 31-17. It wasn’t until the third period did they finally hit double digits in the shots column by out shooting the Sharks 16-8. Each team traded power play opportunities in the first with both teams unable to hit the back of the net. It wasn’t until the second period when the San Jose Sharks scored enough to seal the game, despite a goal by Captain Steven Stamkos in the third period.
Tonight the team welcomed in John Tavares and the red hot New York Islanders who have won their last five games, four of which have come on the road. Coming in to tonight’s game the Tampa Bay Lightning are 6-2-1 at home while the Islanders are 7-3 on the road away from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. During their 5 game winning streak ten different Islanders have lit the lamp for the team, but none of those games have been blow outs by any means except their game against Colorado where they lit the lamp six times in a shutout by goaltender Jaroslav Halak.
The Bolts have only mustered three goals Paquette, Stamkos and Kucherov during the two game skid. Ben Bishop has kept the Bolts in both games only giving up 5 goals. When the Lightning lead after one period at home they are 5-0-2 so getting an early lead through the first frame is a must. Their penalty kill in the last nine chances has been perfect at 9 for 9.
1st Period: The Islanders broke open the scoring when Brock Nelson took a pass from Tavares and slipped it past Bishop. A minute later Ryan Callahan had a rebound fall right on his stick and he buried a nice wrist shot past Chad Johnson. Josh Bailey would make sure the game wouldn’t stay tied for long when he redirected a Johnny Boychuck shot in front of the net which Bishop was unable to get in front of. The back and forth scoring would continue as the Lightning goes on the power play and Valtteri Filppula takes a pass from Stamkos to tie the game. Cedric Paquette continued his hot streak since being called up by scoring the final goal of the 1st period.
2nd Period: This period wasn’t quite as fast and furious as the first with only one goal being scored early. Not even two minutes into the game Tyler Johnson took a pass from fellow Calder finalist and put the Lightning up by two goals.
3rd Period: This period went the almost exact same way as the 2nd, and by that I mean a defensive battle. Neither team was able to gain an inch until Radko Gudas took a Ryan Callahan pass and wristed it past Chad Johnson for what would turn out to be the final goal of the game.
The Lightning will head out on a three game road trip before returning home to face the Minnesota Wild Saturday November 22nd.
Up Next for the Lightning they head to Madison Square Garden to take on Martin St Louis and the New York Rangers on Monday 11/17/14