Lightning 5, Islanders 2

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Ruslan Fedotenko scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Sunday night.

Fedotenko made it 3-2 with 10:43 left on a deflection from in close. Fredrik Modin’s shot hit an Islanders defender and was redirected toward Fedotenko.

Martin St. Louis gave Tampa Bay a two-goal advantage at 14:27 before Modin scored a power-play goal to make it 5-2 with 2:27 remaining.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Pavel Kubina and Vincent Lecavalier, who has a four-game streak. John Grahame stopped 30 shots.

Bruno Gervais and Alexei Yashin scored for the Islanders, who trail eighth-place Montreal by five points in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. New York has lost three straight after a four-game winning streak.

The Islanders traded away four veteran players—forwards Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha, and defensemen Brad Lukowich and Brent Sopel—at the dealing deadline and then lost top defenseman Alexei Zhitnik to a season-ending ankle injury.

Gervais scored his first NHL goal—in his 12th game—to put New York ahead 1-0 at 1:46 of the first period. After Kubina’s power-play goal tied it at 16:18, the Islanders went up 2-1 when Yashin scored on the rebound with 2:08 left in the period.

Lecavalier redirected Vinny Prospal’s pass to get Tampa Bay even at 2 with 27.4 seconds remaining in the second.


Lecavalier also had an assist and extended his point streak to seven games. He has six goals and 10 points during the stretch. … Islanders LW Mike York (concussion) missed his second consecutive game and is day to day. … Kubina snapped a 20-game, goal-scoring drought. … New York C Shawn Bates played in his 400th NHL game.

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  Game Winning Goal
R. Fedotenko R. Fedotenko
Tampa Bay Lightning
Scored at 9:17 of 3rd


Goalie Team Shot Save
John Grahame NYI 32 30