New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY Note: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.
NYI - Vanek - Saved
TBL - Filppula - Goal (Forehand deke)
NYI - Nielsen - Goal (Backhand deke)
TBL Kucherov - Goal (Five-hole)
NYI - Tavares - SavedOvertime:
OT solves nothing, as both teams generate very little. Isles play it safe and we are headed to a shootout. 3rd Period:
1:05: Thomas Vanek pushes Bishop - and the puck - into the net, but the whistle had already blown and the goal is waved off.
3:26: TBL PP (Cal Clutterbuck - Two Minutes Contact to the Head) Isles first PK
5:26: Cal joins his pals. Teams back to even strength.
10:21: NYI GOAL! Frans Nielsen finishes off a 2-on-1 with Michael Grabner, putting the Isles up by two with 9:39 to go. Bailey with the second assist. Islanders lead 2-0.
12:22: Tavares slides hard into the end boards after a hit from Radko Gudas. Captain stays down for a minute, but skates back to the bench. Okposo starts a scrum after the hard hit to the captain.
17:07: TBL goal. Valtteri Filppula puts the Bolts on the board late in the third. 2-1 Islanders.
19:57: TBL goal. Filppula burns the Isles with 3.8 seconds to go. 2-2 game.
END OF 3RD PERIOD: Score tied 2-2. Lightning lead shots 35-33. 2nd Period:
0:11 NYI PP GOAL! Kyle Okposo sends a howitzer through a screen and past Ben Bishop. Islanders
strike early and lead 1-0
4:16: Matt Martin and B.J. Crombeen drop the gloves in the Lightning end. Martin gets the better of the exchange and both get fighting majors.
6:52: Ryan Strome feeds Brock Nelson out front, but Mark Barberio deflects the shot into the netting.
12:30: Nabokov gives the Coliseum a scare with a giveaway while playing the puck. Crowd breathes a sign of relief as Islanders clear zone.
12:56: NYI PP (Tyler Johnson - Two Minutes Holding) Isles PP: 1-1.
14:56: Johnson is out of the box. Isles PP is 1-2.
END OF 2ND PERIOD: Islanders lead 1-0
. Shots are 23-21 Isles 1st Period:
1:57: Frans Nielsen has first Isles chance of the game, wrists one from the hashmarks but Bishop is equal to the task.
7:10: Josh Bailey gets a breakaway, but Sami Salo brings him down on the backcheck. No penalty.
10:00: Radko Gudas' point shot is deflected by Ondrej Palat and hits the post behind Evgeni Nabokov. No score halfway through the first.
16:00-17:00: Bailey has a clear breakaway, but puts the puck over the net. That chance sparks a dominant Isles cycle in the Lightning end. Tavares carries puck out from behind the net, spins off the defenseman and throws a pass through the crease to Grabner, but puck skips on his stick. Great chances by the Isles, but still no score.
19:27: NYI PP (Radko Gudas - Two Minutes Interference) Isles first power play of the game.
END OF 1ST PERIOD: No score. Shots are 13-12 Lightning. Isles to start second period with 1:27 power play. Isles Starters:
Nelson-Strome-Clutterbuck, de Haan-Hamonic, NabokovBolts Starters:
Brown-Thompson-Kucherov, Carle-Gudas, BishopIslanders Lines:
Thomas Vanek - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Josh Bailey
Brock Nelson - Ryan Strome - Cal Clutterbuck
Eric Boulton - Peter Regin - Matt Martin
Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Andrew MacDonald - Thomas Hickey
Brian Strait - Aaron Ness
Ondrej Palat – Tyler Johnson – Martin St. Louis
Alex Killorn – Valtteri Filppula – Teddy Purcell
J.T. Brown – Nate Thompson – Nikita Kucherov
B.J. Crombeen – Mark Barberio – Richard Panik
Eric Brewer – Andrej Sustr
Matt Carle – Radkos Gudas
Sami Salo – Matt Taormina
The Islanders host the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first of three meetings this season. The Isles swept the season series with the Bolts in 2012-13, including both games at Nassau Coliseum. After finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference last season, the Lightning have rebounded this season and are currently fourth in the East.
Head coach Jack Capuano is going with the same lineup from Saturday’s game against Montreal. Colin McDonald, Matt Carkner and Casey Cizikas are out for the Islanders.
After a stellar performance on Saturday, Evgeni Nabokov gets the start Tuesday for the Islanders.
From the Coach:
It’s always a defensive-first mentality, but it’s also about battle levels and I thought we did a better job last game against a quick team. We maintained D-side positioning, we did a lot of good things on the defensive side. We just need to create a little bit more.
The Islanders are 40-35-7 all-time against the Lightning.