TAMPA BAY 4, ISLANDERS 3, OT
By Jason Lockhart
Filip Kuba scored 55 seconds into overtime off a deflection from Eric Perrin to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 overtime victory over the Islanders, Tuesday night at the St. Pete Times Forum.
The Lightning dominated the shots category 40-24. In his first start in three games, Rick DiPietro did all he could do to keep the Islanders in the game, stopping 36 shots. Johan Holmqvist made 21 saves for the win.
DiPietro stood on his head stopping 16 shots in the first period, but couldn't get over in time to stop Perrin's deflection at 9:20 of the period. Jason Ward backhanded the puck to Perrin, who re-directed it into the goal with his skate.
The Lightning took a 2-0 lead, 1:50 into the second period off a wrist shot from Vincent Lecavalier.
Richard Zednik cut the lead to 2-1 off a faceoff in the offensive zone. Zednik corralled the puck off the draw and in one motion fired it past Holmqvist.
It took a shorthanded opportunity for the Islanders to tie the game at two. Richard Park beat Holmqvist with a wrist shot with 9:47 to go in the second period.
The Islanders took their first lead of the game when Viktor Kozlov scored from the slot with 2:36 remaining in the second period.
Ward tied the game at three off a rebound, 4:21 into the third period.
Kuba then tallied the game-winner off a re-direction in the Islanders' crease in the opening minute of the extra frame.
The Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday at the Nassau Coliseum.
FIVE STARS OF THE GAME:
1. Eric Perrin: A goal and the setup on the game-winner
2. Rick DiPietro: Kept the Islanders in the game with 36 saves
3. Jason Ward: One goal, one assist
4. Richard Zednik: His first goal as an Islander and an assist
5. Dan Boyle: One assist, 31:22 TOI
Stat of the Game: The Islanders blocked 20 shots, while Tampa Bay blocked nine.
Slapshots: Viktor Kozlov tallied his career-high 23rd goal of the seasonÂ¦Marc-Andre Bergeron's wife Isabelle gave birth to Sofia, who was 6 lbs. 8 oz. and 21 inches long. He made it back this afternoon saying everyone was in good healthÂ¦During the second period, Richard Zednik moved onto the line with Miroslav Satan and Kozlov, while Alexei Yashin was put with Richard Park and Arron AshamÂ¦Zednik tallied his first goal and two-point game as an Islander.
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mike Dunham
32 Brendan Witt - 44 Freddy Meyer
14 Chris Campoli - 6 Sean Hill
3 Tom Poti - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
55 Jason Blake - 79 Alexei Yashin - 94 Ryan Smyth
20 Richard Zednik - 27 Randy Robitaille - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
25 Viktor Kozlov -10 Richard Park - 45 Arron Asham
40 Johan Holmqvist
30 Marc Denis
55 Shane O'Brien - 22 Dan Boyle
3 Doug Janik - 71 Filip Kuba
44 Nolan Pratt - 21 Cory Sarich
20 Vaclav Prospal - 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 17 Ruslan Fedotenko
16 Jason Ward - 19 Brad Richards - 26 Martin St. Louis
34 Ryan Craig - 9 Eric Perrin - 74 Nick Tarnasky
36 Andre Roy - 49 Blair Jones - 27 Tim Taylor