Tampa Bay Lightning goalie, Mike Smith posted a 30 save performance for his first shutout of the season as the Lightning defeated the Islanders by the score of 4-0. Ryan Malone, Steve Downie, Jeff Halpern and Victor Hedman tallied goals for Tampa Bay in the game. With the loss, the Islanders’ record drops to 11-11-7 as they remain with 29 points.
Malone did not waste much time to put the Lightning up 1-0 as he jammed his 16th goal of the season past Islander starter Dwayne Roloson. Andrej Meszaros took a pass from Martin St. Louis at the right point and fired a shot on goal. Roloson appeared to have the puck covered with his glove, but Malone was there jamming at the Islander net-minder’s glove, shoveling the puck over the goal-line.
Downie doubled the Tampa Bay lead with less than a minute remaining in the first period while the Lightning were on their first power-play of the game. Meszaros wristed a high shot on net but the puck hit Islander defenseman Jack Hillen up high and bounced in front of Downie. The Tampa Bay forward took two swipes at the puck and was finally able to slide the puck through Roloson for his fifth goal of the season. St. Louis picked up his second assist of the game on the power-play goal.
Tim Jackman and Lightning defenseman, David Hale opened the second period with a fight only five seconds into the middle frame. Jackman landed several big blows, including one direct shot to Hale’s forehead. The Islanders looked to have the momentum, leading to three power-plays in the period but were unable to capitalize on any.
In the third, Halpern increased the Lightning lead to 3-0 with his fifth goal of the season. Vincent Lecavalier feathered a pass back to Kurtis Foster at the right point where he back-pedaled and ripped a shot on net. Halpern was in front screening Roloson and as he saw the puck coming jumped to avoid the shot. Instead the puck redirected off his skate and past the Islander net-minder, 2:58 into the final frame.
Hedman would seal the Tampa Bay victory with the first NHL goal of his career. Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay had the assists on the goal to give the Lightning a 4-0 victory over the Islanders.
Smith was in goal for Tampa Bay and posted a 30 save shutout. Roloson made 20 saves on 24 shots. The Islanders were 0-for-5 on the power-play as the Lightning went 2-for-3 with the man-advantage.
Next up for the Islanders is a matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The Islanders will closeout their current five-game road trip on Wednesday in Toronto as Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Josh Bailey return home for the final time this regular season. Saturday, the Islanders will return to the Coliseum as they take on the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. For tickets or information on any upcoming home games, contact the team’s front office at (516) 501-6700 or e-mail email@example.com.
1. Mike Smith – 30 saves to earn his first shutout of the season
2. Ryan Malone – Scores what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the first two minutes of the game
3. Vincent Lecavalier – Two assists
Honorable Mention: Martin St. Louis – Also scores two assists
One and Two: This was the first meeting between the number one (John Tavares) and two (Victor Hedman) picks from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft this past summer.
Shattering the Pane: With 4:19 left in the first period, Trent Hunter shattered a pane of glass behind Lightning goaltender, Mike Smith. The last time we saw this happen was in Edmonton during the preseason when Sheldon Souray broke two panes in one game.
Dynamic Duo: Both Lightning forwards, Ryan Malone and Steven Stamkos have combined for 32 goals this season, which ranked them in 2nd place for most among NHL teammates entering tonight’s game. Malone upped the number to 33 with his 16th tally of the season coming in the first period of tonight’s game.
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
20 Sean Bergenheim – 51 Frans Nielsen – 7 Trent Hunter
16 Jon Sim – 12 Josh Bailey – 15 Jeff Tambellini
11 Nate Thompson – 10 Richard Park – 28 Tim Jackman
2 Mark Streit – 8 Bruno Gervais
32 Brendan Witt – 47 Andrew MacDonald
44 Freddy Meyer – 38 Jack Hillen
30 Dwayne Roloson (starter)
43 Martin Biron
Forwards 13 Alex Tanguay – 11 Jeff Halpern – 4 Vincent Lecavalier
26 Martin St. Louis – 91 Steven Stamkos – 12 Ryan Malone
49 Blair Jones – 43 James Wright – 9 Steve Downie
19 Stephane Veilleux– 28 Zenon Konopka – 6 Kurtis Foster
14 Andrej Meszaros – 5 Mattias Ohlund
21 David Hale – 8 Matt Walker
2 Lukas Krajicek – 77 Victor Hedman
41 Mike Smith (starter)
30 Antero Niittymaki
Martin St. Louis
1 - 0 TBL
Martin St. Louis
2 - 0 TBL
3 - 0 TBL