Lightning 5, Islanders 2

Tampa Bay is turning production from its top offensive players

into victories.

Martin St. Louis scored in his fifth consecutive game, Steven

Stamkos had two goals and an assist and the Lightning beat the New

York Islanders 5-2 on Thursday night.

“I think as a team we’ve got our confidence to win games,”

Stamkos said. “It’s all going in the right direction at the right

time.”

Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay also scored for the

Lightning, who have won six of nine.

New York got goals from Matt Moulson and Jon Sim. The Islanders

have lost six in a row, scoring eight goals over the stretch.

“It has snowballed,” Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. “Very

rarely do you have your whole team go cold. It’s hard to believe

that we’re not scoring on some of those chances and it’s been

consistent that we haven’t.”

After St. Louis pulled the Lightning even at 2 with 10:23 left

in the second, Lecavalier made it 3-2 off a pass from Tanguay

during a 2-on-none break against goalie Dwayne Roloson just 36

seconds later.

Stamkos scored during a power play to put the Lightning up 1-0

at 14:15 of the first. Moulson tied it at 1 just over a minute

later when his shot went into the net off both of Lightning

defenseman Andrej Meszaros’ skates.

“We’ve got to score some goals, plain and simple,” New York

right wing Kyle Okposo said.

Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 advantage with his 31st goal this

season from the right circle after carrying the puck from the

Lightning zone with 8:11 remaining in the third. Tanguay added an

empty-netter with 37.3 seconds to play.

The Islanders had the initial 11 shots in the second and went

ahead 2-1 on the final shot of the sequence when Sim scored from

the low slot at 9:12.

“The game is about momentum,” St. Louis said. “If you get

that momentum back there it’s huge. I felt we got better as the

game went on.”

Tampa Bay goalie Antero Niittymaki made 34 saves and won for the

fifth time in his last six starts. Roloson stopped 26 shots.

“It was an ugly game, but we held on,” Lightning coach Rick

Tocchet said. “A win is always great.”

NOTES: The Islanders assigned D Brendan Witt to Bridgeport of

the AHL after he cleared waivers. … Stamkos has six goals and 13

points during an eight-game point streak. … New York C Josh

Bailey is expected to miss two weeks with an upper-body injury. …

Islanders rookie LW John Tavares has gone nine games without a goal

and has just two goals in his last 26 games. He was a minus-2 and

had one shot during 16 minutes, 50 seconds of playing time

Thursday. … New York has been outscored 65-31 in the third period

this season.