The battle between the Islanders and Lightning didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Tampa Bay was handed a 5-1 defeat on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum.
New York was an underdog by +100 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.5.
John Tavares (2), P.A. Parenteau, Michael Grabner, and Matt Moulson each scored for the Islanders in the victory. Tavares opened the scoring for New York, finding the back of the net at 0:36 of the first period. The goal was unassisted.
Al Montoya turned in a 34-save effort for the Islanders.
Tampa Bay got a goal from Steven Stamkos in the loss, but it wasn't enough.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 13 of 18 shots for the Lightning, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.
New York scored 0 times on 4 chances on the power play, while Tampa Bay went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
Tampa Bay outshot New York 35-34 in the game.
Next game, New York takes its act home to face New York looking for another win. For Tampa Bay, they head on the road to face Florida.