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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders

As well as Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis are playing, they can't carry the Tampa Bay Lightning by themselves.

Tampa Bay tries to snap out of its recent slump when it visits the resurgent New York Islanders on Monday at Nassau Coliseum.

The Lightning (6-7-1) suffered their fourth loss in five games Saturday, falling 6-5 in overtime to the Boston Bruins. Lecavalier and St. Louis both extended their respective points streaks to eight games in the defeat.

Lecavalier tied a Tampa Bay franchise record and set a new career high with four assists, giving him six goals and nine assists during his eight-game run. The center leads the Lightning with 19 points on the season.

St. Louis, who ranks second on the team with 15 points, has scored nine of his team-leading 10 goals during his points streak, while adding five assists. He had a goal and an assist Saturday.

Both forwards appear to have good chances to extend their streaks Monday. St. Louis has scored a goal in each of his last four games against the Islanders, while Lecavalier had five points in four meetings with New York last season.

The Lightning swept last season's four-game series between the teams, outscoring the Isles by a combined 13-7 margin.

St. Louis scored one of a club-record four goals in the second period at Boston on Saturday to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead. The Lightning have outscored their opponents 23-9 in the second period this season, the best goal differential for any NHL team in any period.

Penalties to Cory Sarich and Filip Kuba in the final minute of the third period plagued the Lightning, though, as Boston's Zdeno Chara tied the game with a power-play goal with 47 second left in regulation.

Then, with the Bruins still on the power play 17 seconds into the overtime session, Glen Murray beat Tampa Bay goalie Marc Denis with the game-winner.

"They're up two men and they scored," St. Louis said. "Now it's tied and they still got two men because we got penalties."

The Islanders (6-5-2) lost 4-1 to the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, snapping their three-game winning streak. Jason Blake provided the only offense with his team-leading eight goal of the season.

Goaltender Rick DiPietro allowed three of Atlanta's four goals in the first period, while making only 15 saves on the night.

"This wasn't one of his better games," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said of DiPietro. "He had a shaky period, but everyone has a bad period. I didn't think of pulling him. He has to learn to fight his way through these things."

DiPietro has struggled against Tampa Bay in his career, losing five of his seven starts against the Lightning. He yielded 11 goals in three games against them last season - all losses.

Islanders captain Alexei Yashin has 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) in 41 career games against the Lightning - his second-most points against any opponent. He also leads New York with 17 points this season, including an assist on Blake's goal Saturday.

After this contest, the Islanders begin a five-game road swing on Thursday at Philadelphia. They visit Tampa Bay on Nov. 17 in the third game of the trip.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 20 '07NYI 3 at TBL 4 - OTF. Kuba
Jan 15 '07TBL 4 at NYI 3V. Lecavalier
Nov 17 '06NYI 2 at TBL 3 - SOD. Afanasenkov
Nov 06 '06TBL 5 at NYI 1M. St. Louis
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