DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

Sunday, 03.19.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
Tampa Bay 5, Islanders 2

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By Kerry Gwydir and Chris Botta

The injury-riddled Islanders were game again tonight, but the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning scored three goals in the third period to win 5-2, in a crucial matchup for both teams fighting for playoff berths.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored mid-way through the third period to break a 2-2 tie. Frederik Modin's slapper was deflected by Chris Campoli and then caromed off the shaft of Fedotenko for the fluky go-ahead goal.

Martin St. Louis, an Islander-killer all season, scored at 14:27, set up by a perfect two-line pass by goalie John Grahme. While two men up for virtually the rest of the game, the Lightning added a goal by Modin at 17:33.

As they have since the trade deadline, and even with the loss of No. 1 defensemen Alexei Zhitnik to injury, the Islanders played hard and well until they hit the wall when Tampa scored the eventual game-winner. Long Island's team remains 5 points behind eighth-place Montreal, whom the Islanders host at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The Islanders converted just 1:46 into tonight's game when Bruno Gervais tallied his first NHL goal when his point shot eluded Lightning goaltender John Grahame and was eventually knocked over the goal line. A faceoff win by Wyatt Smith in the Tampa zone went to Jeff Tambellini, who whished a pass back to Gervais at the right point. The rookie blueliner's wrist shot was deflected by a Tampa stick on the way in as it initially hit the post to Grahame's right.

The Lightning began to find their legs soon after and pointed their arsenal at goaltender Rick DiPietro. The Islander goalkeeper, starting his seventh-straight contest, made a pair of in-tight stops on Martin Cibak including one where the Bolt's center whacked a rebound out of mid-air and on net.

A penalty to the Isle's Smith in the final four minutes of the first helped provide the hosts with their first tally of the night. Defenseman Pavel Kubina converted a giveaway by Chris Campoli to the right of DiPietro after Campoli had been harassed from behind by Ryan Craig.

The Islanders answered right back, and it was a play by rookie Robert Nilsson that led to Alexei Yashin's 23rd of the season with two minutes left. Nilsson beat Tampa defenseman Paul Ranger to a loose puck in the Lightning zone and made a strong move to the front of the Bolt's net. Grahame made that stop, but Yashin followed it up and slammed home his fifth in as many contests.

As the Isles tried to close out the period unscathed and following several great stops by DiPietro, Vinny Lecavalier poked home a centering pass with 27 seconds left in the second. Vinny Prospal found the Lightning center unchecked after the Isles spent the final two minutes of the period attempting to survive constant Tampa pressure.

Notes: On the injury front, C Mike York missed his second-straight game with a mild concussion...FSN's Joe Micheletti reported that during the second intermission legendary coach Scott Bowman asked him, "Where did they get this Bergenheim kid"? High praise indeed.

 

 

ISLANDERS
FORWARDS

(55) Jason Blake-(79) Alexei Yashin-(21) Robert Nilsson
(10) Sean Bergenheim -(17) Shawn Bates-(81) Miroslav Satan
(15) Jeff Tambellini-(28) Wyatt Smith-(7) Trent Hunter
(26) Rob Collins-(27) Jeremy Colliton-(49) Eric Godard

DEFENSE
(4) Joel Bouchard-(24) Radek Martinek
(3) Denis Grebeshkov-(6) Bruno Gervais
(14) Chris Campoli-(44) John Erskine

GOALTENDERS
(39) Richard DiPietro
(30) Garth Snow


TAMPA BAY
FORWARDS

(33) Fred Modin-(19) Brad Richards-(26) Marty St. Louis
(20) Vinny Prospal-(4) Vinny Lecavalier-(17) Ruslan Fedotenko
(34) Ryan Craig-(27) Tim Taylor-(76) Evgeny Artukhin
(11) Chris Dingman-(8) Martin Cibak-(29) Dmitry Afanasenkov

DEFENSEMEN
(5) Darryl Sydor-(21) Cory Sarich
(44) Nolan Pratt-(13) Pavel Kubina
(54) Paul Ranger-(22) Dan Boyle

GOALTENDERS
(47) John Grahame
(50) Gerald Coleman

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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