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Drouin's first NHL playoff goal is Game 2 winner

Forward also has assist; Lightning defeat Islanders to tie series

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

Drouin slips one by Greiss

NYI@TBL, Gm2: Drouin slips one five-hole by Greiss

R2, Gm2: Jonathan Drouin sends a backhander through the five-hole of Thomas Greiss to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead in the 1st

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TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin waited longer than expected to score his first goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs but it was well worth the wait.

Drouin's goal at 11:55 of the first period proved to be the game-winner when the Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

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Islanders pay price for early power-play problems

Failure to capitalize on two advantages in first 10 minutes cost New York in Game 2 loss

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

TAMPA -- What could have been a boost for the New York Islanders became a boost for the Tampa Bay Lightning instead.

Twice in the first period Saturday, the Lightning took a penalty, killed it and scored soon afterward. They took a 2-0 lead and went on to a 4-1 win in Game 2, tying the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series 1-1. Game 3 is Tuesday at Barclays Center in New York (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Islanders have to raise their play after Game 2 loss

New York manages five shots in final 28 minutes of Game 2 after Lightning get lucky goal

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

TAMPA -- Sometimes hockey is a game of inches. Sometimes it is a game of feet.

Take Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. On the power play in the second period, Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman took a shot from the point.

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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 / NHL.com 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.

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Drouin goal helps Lightning win Game 2

Bishop makes 19 saves to square second-round series with Islanders

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Jonathan Drouin scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal to help the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the New York Islanders 4-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 at Barclays Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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5 Keys: Islanders at Lightning, Game 2

Tampa Bay's Kucherov vs. New York's Tavares may determine tipping point

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

TAMPA -- The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Saturday at Amalie Arena (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). The Islanders lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

Here are five keys for Game 2:

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Tavares, Islanders ready for Game 2 vs. Lightning

New York attempts to take 2-0 lead in playoff series for first time since 1983

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 2: ISLANDERS at LIGHTNING

Eastern Conference Second Round

New York leads best-of-7 series 1-0

TV: 3 p.m.; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

The New York Islanders will attempt to take their first 2-0 lead in a series since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

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Speedy Prince on roll for Islanders

23-year-old forward proving to be good fit with New York

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

BRANDON, Fla. -- Growing up in Rochester, N.Y., Shane Prince watched the Buffalo Sabres. His favorite player was Danny Briere. Despite his 5-foot-10, 180-pound size, Briere was all over the puck and became known as a clutch scorer, finishing his NHL career with 53 goals in 124 playoff games.

"I just liked the way he played," Prince said. "That's something I want to establish myself as, to be able to produce in the playoffs and help your team win, because I mean, in the end, that's what really matters. Your team makes the playoffs, you need guys to step up and give them that extra jolt and eventually win a [Stanley] Cup."

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Stamkos remains out, conditioning 'getting there'

Lightning center increasing work load, says he will return once off blood thinners

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA-- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos continues to increase his level of work with each practice but remains in a red no-contact jersey. The Lightning captain said his conditioning is rapidly improving after having surgery to remove a blood clot from above his right collarbone.

"[Conditioning] is not there yet, but it's getting there," said Stamkos, who has missed all six Stanley Cup Playoff games and the last five of the regular season. "When you are off for three weeks and doing absolutely nothing, you feel it. But definitely a lot better than the first time when I got on the ice, so it's getting there."

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Islanders' Greiss has emerged in playoffs

Goaltender has moved from backup to MVP candidate for New York

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

TAMPA -- It was little more than a month ago, in this building, against this team, when Thomas Greiss made people wonder whether he could handle this.

He had taken over as the New York Islanders' starting goaltender after an injury to Jaroslav Halak, and had lost his fourth straight game, giving up six goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on March 25. His teammates hadn't played well in front of him, surrendering 41 shots, but he would have liked to have had at least a couple of the goals back.

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