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Round 2, Gm 1: Islanders at Lightning

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Lightning defensive lapses costly in Game 1

Prince, Islanders take advantage of breakdowns to grab series lead

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop couldn't bail out the defense in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Islanders.

The Islanders took advantage of defensive breakdowns by the Lightning in the first two periods to take a three-goal lead on their way to a 5-3 win. Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is at Amalie Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. TV: NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

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Islanders happy, not satisfied, after Game 1 win

New York has to keep foot on the gas because Lightning can be better

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- John Tavares tied the game late in the third period and scored the winner in double overtime, lifting the New York Islanders to their first series victory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1993. It meant so much to him after seven seasons of striving. It meant so much to the fans who had suffered so long.

But that was Sunday, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Florida Panthers.

"That," Tavares said, "is not the end goal."

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Instant analysis: Islanders at Lightning, Game 1

Rookie Prince scores twice in New York's victory; Tampa Bay's Bishop pulled after allowing four goals

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- The New York Islanders defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in Game 1 of their best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

New York scored four straight goals -- two from rookie forward Shane Prince, one each from Travis Hamonic and John Tavares -- and chased Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop on the day he was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. The Lightning pressed in the third period, scored twice and cut the Islanders lead from 4-1 to 4-3, but they couldn't complete the comeback.

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Islanders use fast start to win Game 1

Score three first-period goals, Greiss hangs on against Lightning

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Shane Prince scored two first-period goals, and Thomas Greiss made 33 saves to help the New York Islanders defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

Travis Hamonic, John Tavares and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders, who took a 4-1 lead in the second period.

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Islanders coach Capuano hit in face by puck

Leaves bench, returns in third period of Game 1 win against Lightning

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

Capuano hit by puck

NYI@TBL, Gm1: Capuano leaves bench after hit by puck

R2, Gm1: Islanders head coach Jack Capuano is hit by the puck, forcing him to the locker room, but returns later in the 3rd period

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TAMPA -- New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano stepped up to the podium and sat down in front of the microphone like nothing had happened. He had a small cut and bruise on his nose after taking a puck to the face, but he had received no stitches.

No big deal, especially after the Islanders defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Wednesday.

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Five keys for Islanders at Lightning, Game 1

Tampa Bay has goaltending edge on paper; patience on power play important for New York

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders open their Eastern Conference Second Round series Wednesday at Amalie Arena (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Here are five keys for Game 1:

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Strome will get chance to prove worth to Islanders

Struggling forward likely to replace injured Bailey in lineup; can help New York reach conference final

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome had 50 points as a rookie last season. It was a main reason why general manager Garth Snow didn't add a premier wing to skate with John Tavares, with the expectation Strome simply would take another step in his second season.

But Strome struggled early to the point where he was demoted to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League for three weeks in November. He finished the NHL season with eight goals and 20 assists in 71 games.

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Lightning's Palat looks for score values

Ability to take on bigger offensive role will be huge key for Tampa Bay

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat struggled at times to adapt to his new role on a different line during the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings.

Normally known as the set-up man on the "Triplets" line with Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson, Palat will need to be more of a finisher on his current line with Jonathan Drouin and Valtteri Filppula.

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Islanders without Bailey against Lightning in Game 1

New York forward has upper-body injury; Tampa Bay coach Cooper expecting low-scoring series

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 1: ISLANDERS at LIGHTNING

Eastern Conference Second Round

TV: 7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

TAMPA -- Forward Josh Bailey did not travel with the New York Islanders and will not be available against the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

Bailey left Game 6 of the first round against the Florida Panthers in the first period with an upper-body injury.

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Islanders face quick turnaround vs. Lightning

New York, coming off first playoff series win in 23 years, ready to play reigning Eastern Conference champions

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- The euphoria of winning a series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1993 has worn off for the New York Islanders. Their focus has shifted to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Islanders didn't have much time to celebrate anyway, not with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round scheduled for Amalie Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The Lightning, on the other hand, haven't played since Game 5 of their first-round series win against the Detroit Red Wings on April 21. Whether that quick turnaround will benefit New York remains to be seen.

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