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Bolts' struggles continue with loss to Isles

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Bolts' struggles continue with loss to Isles
New York Islanders 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
The New York Islanders made sure the Tampa Bay Lightning's recent woes continued on Tuesday night.

Michael Grabner and Frans Nielsen each scored shorthanded in the third period and Al Montoya made 36 saves as the Isles earned a 5-2 victory against the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The Islanders clinched the season series, winning for the third time in four games against the postseason-bound Lightning.

"For us to come in here against a team that is jockeying for playoff position, with the talent that they have up front, and win, I'm pretty proud of the effort that they put forth tonight," New York interim coach Jack Capuano said.

Nate Thompson put Tampa Bay ahead 61 seconds in, lifting a rebound past Montoya.

Undaunted, the Islanders scored four straight goals before Thompson helped set up a goal by Dominic Moore with the Lightning holding a two-man advantage midway through the third period.

"Our goal was to come in here and play our best game," Montoya said. "I give it to our team, though. They fought for me and they battled. They didn't let them knock us down, and that just motivated me to play harder. It feels great right now."

Josh Bailey scored first for New York with 10 seconds left on a power play midway through the opening period, depositing a rebound off a shot by Milan Jurcina. The Isles improved to 24-14-6 when Jurcina is in the lineup.

The Islanders took the lead when Kyle Okposo redirected another shot by Jurcina past former teammate Dwayne Roloson at 5:16 of the second. Matt Martin made it 3-1 with a backhander at the 13:39 mark.

Nielsen and Grabner sandwiched Moore's score with a pair of shorthanded goals in the third period, the latter into an empty net with 46 seconds to go.

Roloson was the winning goalie for the Islanders when the teams last met Dec. 22. He was traded to the Lightning on New Year's Day.

"We go out and we compete hard for 60 minutes and try to have fun," said Nielsen, who leads the League with six shorthanded goals. "Everybody is chipping in for the team right now."

Tampa Bay has struggled offensively en route to nine losses in 11 games this month, exceeding two goals only three times during that stretch.

"This is one of those things where it's not going our way, but we have to make it go our way," Thompson said. "These are times where you have to stick together and bounce back because no one is going to feel sorry for us, and no one is going to wait for us."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
scoring summary
1st Period
01:01
TBL
Nate Thompson (9) ASST: Teddy Purcell (31), Vincent Lecavalier (23)
1 - 0 TBL
10:22
NYI
PPG - Josh Bailey (11) ASST: Milan Jurcina (12)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:16
NYI
Kyle Okposo (5) ASST: Milan Jurcina (13), Michael Grabner (17)
2 - 1 NYI
13:39
NYI
Matt Martin (5) ASST: Jack Hillen (16), Zenon Konopka (7)
3 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
08:08
NYI
SHG - Frans Nielsen (11) ASST: NONE
4 - 1 NYI
10:31
TBL
PPG - Dominic Moore (14) ASST: Sean Bergenheim (15), Nate Thompson (14)
4 - 2 NYI
19:14
NYI
SHG - EN - Michael Grabner (31) ASST: NONE
5 - 2 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
01:58
TBL
Blair Jones  Too many men on the ice
07:58
NYI
Andrew MacDonald  Tripping against  Steven Stamkos
08:32
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Tripping against  Michael Grabner
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:52
NYI
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau  Interference against  Martin St. Louis
05:08
TBL
Eric Brewer  Interference against  Michael Grabner
07:38
NYI
Blake Comeau  Hi-sticking against  Martin St. Louis
09:02
NYI
Radek Martinek  Hi stick - double minor against  Blair Jones
13:36
NYI
John Tavares  Hi-sticking against  Adam Hall
14:17
NYI
Travis Hamonic  Cross checking against  Martin St. Louis
14:17
TBL
Sean Bergenheim  Roughing against  Travis Hamonic
15:37
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking against  Jack Hillen
15:37
NYI
Jack Hillen  Holding the stick against  Vincent Lecavalier
18:24
NYI
Milan Jurcina  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
19:51
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Holding against  Matt Martin
goalie stats
Al Montoya
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .947SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 27TOI: 59:09
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .852SH: 2 - 3