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Yanni Gourde leads Lightning to big 6-2 win over Islanders

Lightning continue best start in franchise history with 40 points in 27 games

by Andrew DeWitt / TampaBayLightning.com

Yanni Gourde scored two goals in 1:34 to help propel the Lightning to a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night at AMALIE Arena. 

Gourde gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead scoring on a power play at 16:22 of the second. The Bolts have scored a power-play goal in seven-straight games, matching a season high.

Gorde lit the lamp less than two minutes later to record his second multi-goal game of the season. Slater Koekkoek and Cory Conacher earned the assists on Gourde's second goal. Vladislav Namestnikov scored at 18:46 of the second period to give the Bolts a 5-2 lead after two periods. 

With the win, the Lightning remained the NHL's top team with 40 points in their first 27 games and they continued their franchise best start to the season besting the 2003-2004 Stanley Cup Lightning team. 

Brayden Point opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the game on a pass from Nikita Kucherov to give the Bolts the early lead. It was Point's 10th goal of the season and Kucherov's 20th assist this season. 

Andrej Sustr scored his second goal of the season to give the Bolts a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. Tampa Bay outshot the Islanders 11-2 in the first frame. 

The Islanders bounced back in the second period scoring two goals in just under two minutes with Matt Barzal and Jordan Eberle recording the goals. 

Tampa Bay, which entered Tuesday's game with the best power-play percentage in the NHL, has netted at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 13 games and 23 of 27 games overall this season.

Chris Kunitz scored his fourth goal of the season in the third period to cap the scoring for the Lightning. 

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