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New York
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26-47-9
Tampa Bay
Lightning
24-40-18
OT
36 SOG
36 SOG
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game recap

Islanders 4, Lightning 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Islanders 4, Lightning 3, OT
New York Islanders 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Trent Hunter made the Tampa Bay Lightning pay for an overtime miscue.

Hunter scored his second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime, leading the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Lightning on Thursday night.

"I was happy to see it go in," Hunter said.

Tampa Bay goalie Olaf Kolzig misplayed the puck behind the net, which allowed Frans Nielsen to gain control and feed Hunter, who was alone in front of the goal.

"You hate to lose, that's first and foremost," Kolzig said. "Those things happen. There's times where you get fortunate and the puck doesn't find its way in. It was unfortunate play on my part. Go back to work tomorrow and don't let it fester."

Hunter credited Nielsen for the game-winner.

"He made a great play to pick off the pass, and I was just kind of waiting in the slot," Hunter said. "He made a good pass, and I was just able to one-touch it in."

Mike Comrie and Doug Weight also scored for the Islanders, who were coming off a 7-1 loss Monday to the Buffalo Sabres.

Vincent Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal and Ryan Malone each scored third-period goals for Tampa Bay.

"Things have not been going really great for us so far this year," Prospal said. "To battle back and score three goals in the third, at least you get a point out of it."

New Lightning coach Barry Melrose is still seeking his first victory with the team. Tampa Bay has dropped four in a row - including two overtime defeats - to start the season.

Comrie put the Islanders ahead 1-0 on a rebound goal at 2:47 of the first. Weight made it 2-0 during a power play with 6:06 left in the second.

Lecavalier cut the Tampa Bay deficit to 2-1 at 3:43 of the third when he skated in from the right wing and scored from the low slot. Prospal tied it at 2 on an in-close rebound at 12:02.

Hunter extended his goal-scoring streak to three games to give New York a 3-2 advantage with 6:09 left in the third. Malone pulled the Lightning even again at 3-all at 14:57 of the period.

"We could have easily had a letdown after they tied it up," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "We responded the right way."

The announced crowd was 14,420, but the actual turnout appeared smaller. That could be attributed to the fact that the Tampa Bay Rays were playing Game 5 of the American League championship Thursday night in Boston.

Notes: New York G Rick DiPietro (undisclosed injury) hasn't play in any of the Islanders' four games this season. He was the backup Thursday. Gordon said DiPietro is day-to-day. ... Tampa Bay D Paul Ranger (shoulder surgery) played for the first time this season. ... It was the 2,800th regular season game for the Islanders. ... Free agent D Marek Malik is working out with Tampa Bay and could soon be signed by the team.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:47
NYI
Mike Comrie (2) ASST: Kyle Okposo (2), Bruno Gervais (3)
1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
13:54
NYI
PPG - Doug Weight (2) ASST: Bill Guerin (2), Frans Nielsen (1)
2 - 0 NYI
3rd Period
03:43
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (2) ASST: Vinny Prospal (2), Andrej Meszaros (2)
2 - 1 NYI
12:02
TBL
Vinny Prospal (1) ASST: Martin St. Louis (2), Andrej Meszaros (3)
2 - 2 Tie
13:51
NYI
Trent Hunter (3) ASST: Jeff Tambellini (1), Mike Comrie (1)
3 - 2 NYI
14:57
TBL
Ryan Malone (1) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (2), Janne Niskala (1)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
00:51
NYI
Trent Hunter (4) ASST: Frans Nielsen (2)
4 - 3 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
06:11
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Slashing against  Mike Comrie
06:11
NYI
Thomas Pock  Interference against  Radim Vrbata
09:36
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Mark Streit
13:02
TBL
Lukas Krajicek  Interference against  Richard Park
15:32
NYI
Freddy Meyer  Holding against  Ryan Malone
19:36
NYI
Jack Hillen  Slashing against  Ryan Malone
2nd Period
02:42
TBL
Janne Niskala  Hooking against  Brendan Witt
03:34
NYI
Mike Comrie  Slashing against  Paul Ranger
06:26
TBL
Mark Recchi  Hooking against  Richard Park
10:46
NYI
Doug Weight  Hooking against  Vincent Lecavalier
13:07
TBL
Andrej Meszaros  Slashing against  Jon Sim
17:07
TBL
Janne Niskala  Tripping against  Richard Park
17:52
TBL
Paul Ranger  Holding against  Doug Weight
3rd Period
04:47
TBL
Paul Ranger  Slashing against  Jeff Tambellini
06:44
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Tripping against  Jon Sim
10:02
NYI
Jon Sim  Tripping against  Paul Ranger
15:37
NYI
Freddy Meyer  Holding against  Vincent Lecavalier
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Joey MacDonald
SA: 36TOI: 60:41
Saves: 33EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 36TOI: 60:45
Saves: 32EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .889SH: 3 - 3