The New York Islanders
made sure the Tampa Bay Lightning
's recent woes continued on Tuesday night.
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.
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."
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.