Live Updates - Islanders at Lightning
Running feed of Thursday's game between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 7:00 PM / News
By Cory Wright
New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. - Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, FLNote: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.
TBL - Filppula: 51 finds iron. No goal.
NYI - Nielsen: GOAL! Nielsen fires it five-hole
TBL - Kucherov: No goal.
NYI - Vanek: No goal.
Poulin and Bishop both coming up big in overtime. Goaltenders duel at the Forum.
1:45 - Radko Gudas hits the crossbar. Inches away from putting the Lightning up.
9:09 - Poulin has been called upon to make some big saves. The glove hand looks good.
13:30 - Tavares delfects a cross-ice pass, but finds iron. Game tied 1-1 with 6:30 to play.
END OF 3RD PERIOD: Game tied 1-1. Shots are 28-26 Lightning.
2:16 - J.T. Brown hits the post behind Kevin Poulin. Isles still trail 1-0.
8:00 - Vanek gets the puck in the slot, but can't settle it down in time to get off a grade-A chance. Still gets a shot on goal, but Bishop handles it.
8:52 - Colin McDonald and Eric Brewer wrestle each other in front of the penalty boxes, each get fighting majors.
12:33 - Isles still trail 1-0, but outshooting Lightning 7-6 in the second period.
12:56 - TBL PP (Andrew MacDonald - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PK 1-for-2 tonight.
13:38 - Casey Cizikas gets a shorthanded breakaway. He can't convert, but draws an interference penalty on Teddy Purcell. 4-on-4 play for 1:18.
14:56 - MacDonald steps out of the box, Isles head to a brief power play.
15:38 - Purcell is back on the ice. Back to 5-on-5 hockey.
17:00 - Fourth line gets a great chance at the side of the net with Bishop out of position. The attempt to bring it out front and bury somehow stays out. 20 seconds later, McDonald rings a shot off the iron.
18:17 - NYI PP (Victor Hedman - Two Minutes High-Sticking)
18:22 - NYI GOAL! Thomas Vanek scores five seconds into the power play! Isles are on the board late in the second period. Assists to Nielsen and Tavares. Game tied 1-1.
END OF 2ND PERIOD: Game tied 1-1. Islanders lead shots 23-20.
5:00 - No score five minutes in. Shots are 5-2 Lightning.
5:03 - TBL PP (Brian Strait - Two Minutes Delay of Game) Bolts get the first power play of the game.
5:45 - TBL PP goal: Martin St. Louis puts the Lightning on the board first. Valtteri Filppula fans on a one-timer, but the puck deflects over to St. Louis at the side of the net. No chance for Poulin, who reacted to the Filppula attempt. Islanders down 1-0.
7:25 - NYI PP (Ondrej Palat - Two Minutes Holding). Isles head to their first PP.
9:25 - Palat steps out of the box. Isles PP 0-for-1
11:45 - Brock Nelson's helmet pops off after colliding with Filppula. He heads to the Isles locker room under his own power.
13:50 - TBL PP (Kyle Okposo - Two Minutes Tripping) Isles PK 0-for-1 tonight.
15:50 - Okposo serves the full two minutes and the teams are back to even strength.
18:00 - Nelson is back on the ice for the Islanders.
18:24 - NYI PP (Victor Hedman - Two Minutes High-Sticking) Isles PP 0-for-1
END OF 1ST PERIOD: Isles trail 1-0. Shots are 12-10 Lightning.
Isles Starters: Martin-Cizikas-McDonald, MacDonald-Strait, Poulin.
Bolts Starters: Kucherov-Thompson-Brown, Hedman-Salo, Bishop.
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner - 29 Brock Nelson - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
47 Andrew MacDonald - 37 Brian Strait
44 Calvin de Haan - 46 Matt Donovan
14 Thomas Hickey - 4 Radek Martinek
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
17 Alex Killorn – 51 Valtteri Filppula – 16 Teddy Purcell
18 Ondrej Palat – 9 Tyler Johnson – 26 Martin St. Louis
23 J.T. Brown – 44 Nate Thompson – 56 Nikita Kucherov
12 Ryan Malone – 11 Tom Pyatt – 71 Richard Panik
77 Victor Hedman – 6 Sami Salo
25 Matt Carle – 7 Radkos Gudas
2 Eric Brewer – 8 Mark Barberio
30 Ben Bishop
39 Anders Lindback
The Islanders look to rebound after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss and continue their run as one of the Eastern Conference’s hottest teams. The Islanders are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and prior to Tuesday’s loss, had won four straight overall and seven in a row on the road.
Tonight also marks the Islanders first chance to avenge a 3-2 shootout loss to the Lightning on Dec. 17, a game the Islanders held a late lead. The Lightning are 14-5-2 record at home this season, but have lost three straight at the Forum, which means it may be a prime time to stopover in Tampa.
Lineup Notes/Changes: Poulin in goal. Regin back into the lineup at forward. Martinek in for Carkner at defense. #Isles
Regin In: Peter Regin is back in the lineup tonight and will skate on the second line with Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey. Regin, a natural center, will skate on the wing.
Regin on playing wing: I have to concentrate on staying on the wall because it's natural to go to the middle... I think [me and Frans Nielsen] have pretty good chemistry. If I go into the middle, he'll read off me and go to the wall.
Hamonic Out: Travis Hamonic will miss his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury.
Martinek In: Radek Martinek draws into the lineup tonight and will be paired with Thomas Hickey. Matt Carkner is out of the lineup tonight. The Islanders removed Martinek from their injured reserve list this afternoon.
Poulin: Kevin Poulin makes his fifth straight start and sixth consecutive appearance for the Islanders. Poulin had his career-high, five-game winning streak snapped in Sunrise, but is playing some inspired hockey and gets the nod from coach Capuano.
Faster Start: The Islanders have given up the first goal in every game on their current road trip and are looking for a faster start against the Lightning:
Martin on tonight's game: We're still really confident in here. I don' t think we thought we were going to go the rest of the season without losing a game... The important thing here is to rebound tonight. It's important that we don't lose two, three, or four in a row. We have to end these things early... We have to come out right off the bat and be ready to play.
Tavares vs. Hedman: Tonight the number one and number two picks in the 2009 draft face off against each other.
Top Line: John Tavares has 17 points (8g/9a) in nine games since returning from a lower-body injury… Thomas Vanek has 18 points (6g/12a) in his last 13 games… Kyle Okposo has 20 points (11g/9a) in his last 16 games.
De Haan: Calvin de Haan is riding five-game point streak (1g/6a).
League Leaders: Andrew MacDonald leads the NHL in blocked shots (163) while Matt Martin leads the NHL in hits (234).
Bishop: Ben Bishop has been a stud this season for Tampa Bay and is posting some of the league’s best goalie numbers. Bishop is 23-5-3 with a 1.83 GAA and a league-leading .937 SV%. The Lightning have been good all season, but are better with their 6’6 netminder, as they have gone 9-0-2 in his last 11 starts. The Islanders have a tough task ahead of them tonight, as Bishop hasn’t allowed more than two goals in 15 of his last 16 outings.
Stamkos Skates: Steven Stamkos was on the ice for the Lightning’s morning skate, his first morning skate since breaking his leg on Nov. 11. Head coach Jon Cooper was pleased to see the progress for his superstar, but there is still no official timetable for his return.
Hedman: Victor Hedman will skate in his 300th NHL game tonight. The second-overall pick in the 2009 draft has 10 goals on the season and has 16 assists.
St. Louis: Lightning captain Martin St. Louis is riding a five-game point streak (3/g/3a).