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Instant analysis: Islanders at Lightning, Game 2

Bishop rebounds, helps Tampa Bay win, bounce back after Game 1 loss

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Saturday at Amalie Arena. The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

Tyler Johnson scored twice, including an empty-netter. Jonathan Drouin and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning, and goaltender Ben Bishop rebounded after being pulled Wednesday in a 5-3 Game 1 loss. Bishop allowed four goals on 13 shots in Game 1; he allowed one goal -- on a deflection by Nikolay Kulemin -- on 20 shots in Game 2.

What we learned: If Bishop is on his game, he can be the difference. The Islanders outshot the Lightning 15-6 over the first 28:48, but the Vezina Trophy finalist was solid and the Lightning held a 2-1 lead.

Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss, a career backup who had been excellent as a fill-in starter, allowed two goals on the first four shots he faced.

Video: NYI@TBL, Gm2: Johnson beats Greiss with slick shot

What this means for the Islanders: They still have not taken a 2-0 series lead since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final against the Edmonton Oilers, but earned a split in Tampa and return to Brooklyn with home-ice advantage

What this means for the Lightning: They have won six straight in Game 2 situations, including four wins after Game 1 losses. One reason for that: the urgency to avoid a 2-0 deficit. Another reason: coach Jon Cooper's adjustments. Cooper reunited the "Triplets" line of Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat on Saturday, and it paid off with the first goal when Palat set up Johnson.

The Lightning are 10-3 following a loss in the playoffs since 2015.

Key moment: Though they were trailing 2-1, the Islanders were outshooting the Lightning 15-8 when forward Cal Clutterbuck ran into Bishop and went off for goaltender interference 11:11 into the second period. The Lightning cashed in with a lucky power-play goal. Hedman shot from the point, the puck deflected off Kulemin and headed wide left, only to deflect off defenseman Calvin de Haan and into the net. That gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead and momentum.

Video: NYI@TBL, Gm2: Hedman banks puck off de Haan and in

Unsung player of the game: Cooper plays Drouin with center Valtteri Filppula for two reasons: One, Filppula is responsible defensively and helps cover up for the young player's weakness. Two, Filppula's skill complements Drouin's. Filppula set up Drouin's goal by eluding defenseman Thomas Hickey on the rush and passing from the right wing into the slot, where Kulemin failed to control the puck. Drouin grabbed it and slipped a backhand shot between Greiss' pads.

What's next: Game 3 is Tuesday at Barclays Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The Islanders will play their first home game in the second round since 1993.

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