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Lightning 4, Islanders 0

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 4, Islanders 0
New York Islanders 0, Tampa Bay Lightning 4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -A failed first-period power play hurt the New York Islanders.

Rookie defenseman Victor Hedman scored his first NHL goal and Mike Smith made 30 saves to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Islanders 4-0 on Saturday night.

The outcome could have been different if the Islanders didn't waste a great opportunity 15 minutes into the game when Tampa Bay led 1-0. New York mustered only one shot during a 1 minute, 21 second 5-on-3 power play.

"That was huge," Smith said. "I think there were two or three blocks in that penalty kill, and that's what you have to have in order to win hockey games."

The Islanders finished 0 for 6 on the power play and have converted two of their last 37 opportunities.

"The 5-on-3, we couldn't have asked for a better chance," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "It swung the momentum."

Hedman, taken second in this year's draft after the Islanders chose center John Tavares with the No. 1 pick, scored from the low slot off a pass from Vincent Lecavalier to make it 4-0 with 9:29 left in the third.

"It was pretty awesome," Hedman said. "It felt great to finally get one."

Tavares had one shot on goal.

"We had our power plays and we didn't get it done," Tavares said. "When we did get our chances, we couldn't bury them. It was a little frustrating. You're getting all those power plays, and we're not producing the way we should."

Smith recorded his first shutout this season and ninth in the NHL. Ryan Malone, Steve Downie and Jeff Halpern also scored for the Lightning, who stopped a four-game losing streak.

Hedman and Tavares faced each other for the first time in the NHL. Hedman said there was no added excitement getting his first goal against Tavares.

"Not at all," Hedman said. "It was a big game for us. We lost four straight games, so we got back on the right track."

Malone put the Lightning ahead 1-0 with his 16th goal this season, coming on an in-close rebound at 1:35 of the first. Downie's rebound power-play goal made it 2-0 with 51.4 seconds left in the first.

Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead when Halpern scored during a power play at 2:58 of the third.

The Islanders had potential goals disallowed due to a hand pass and goalie interference.

"It obviously wasn't our night," Gordon said. "To have two goals called back. To have their first goal go in, that it was clearly tied up. To have their fourth goal go in with their guy jumping up in the air to get out of the way and it hits his foot."

NOTES: Islanders G Rick DiPietro (knee) had his first game action since Jan. 2, starting for Bridgeport of the AHL. DiPietro, taken off the injured list and loaned to Bridgeport on Thursday, stopped 10 of 13 shots over two periods against Springfield. ... Lightning RW Martin St. Louis had two assists after going pointless in four games. He has 25 assists and 30 points in 28 games this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:35
TBL
Ryan Malone (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrej Meszaros (3), Martin St. Louis (24)
1 - 0 TBL
19:08
TBL
PPG - Steve Downie (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrej Meszaros (4), Martin St. Louis (25)
2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:58
TBL
PPG - Jeff Halpern (5) Tip-in - ASST: Kurtis Foster (3), Vincent Lecavalier (17)
3 - 0 TBL
10:31
TBL
Victor Hedman (1) Tip-in - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (18), Alex Tanguay (13)
4 - 0 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
15:02
TBL
Kurtis Foster  Interference against  Kyle Okposo
15:41
TBL
Andrej Meszaros  Boarding against  Trent Hunter
18:26
NYI
Brendan Witt  Slashing against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
00:05
NYI
Tim Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  David Hale
00:05
TBL
David Hale  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Jackman
05:38
NYI
Brendan Witt  Slashing against  Steve Downie
10:50
TBL
Matt Walker  Holding against  Sean Bergenheim
15:30
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Andrew MacDonald
15:30
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Andrew MacDonald
15:30
NYI
Andrew MacDonald  Roughing against  Steve Downie
18:54
TBL
Kurtis Foster  Elbowing against  Brendan Witt
3rd Period
02:44
NYI
Richard Park  Tripping against  Steven Stamkos
13:00
TBL
Victor Hedman  Holding against  Jon Sim
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1