The Tampa Bay Lightning’s offense proved to be too much for the Long Island Islanders in a 4-1 win at home on Monday night.
The Islanders (5-5-2) netted their lone goal of the game in the opening minutes of the game after Mathew Barzal scored on an assist from Zach Parise.
The 1-0 lead was quickly diminished as the Islanders (8-3-3) scored within a minute on a goal by Mathieu Joseph off an assist from Alex Killorn. Assists by Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman gave way to a goal by Anthony Cirelli with less than one minute left in the first period.
Following a three-goal first period, each team had a clean sheet heading into the final period of the game, with the Islanders up one.
A goal by Brayden Point broke the game open and a power-play goal by Steven Stamkos off assists by Hedman and Point sealed the deal.
Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov had 24 saves off 28 shots, while Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 25 saves.
The last seed in the Metropolitan Division Islanders look to snap a three-game losing streak on Tuesday against the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers, as the Lightning take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
(Photo: Mike Carlson)
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