Lightning Vs. Islanders: Tampa Bay Falls Behind 3-1 After Two Periods

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 06: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning steps into Mark Streit #2 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 6, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Lighting head to Long Island, looking to end a four game losing streak against the last place Islanders.

After two periods at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Tampa Bay Lightning trail the New York Islanders 3-1. It was a scoreless second period on Long Island, and the Bolts find themselves down two heading to the final twenty minutes.

Martin St. Louis struck first for Tampa Bay, lacing his ninth goal of the season just seven minutes into the game. St. Louis was fed by linemates Brett Clark and Steven Stamkos on the goal. That would be it for the Bolts, however, as the Islanders responded with three unanswered goals.

John Tavares, Matt Martin, and Milan Jurcina netted the Isles' three goals - an onslaught that came in just six minutes to close out the first period. Mathieu Garon is in net for the Lightning Tuesday, and Tampa's defense provided little resistance in the first as New York put 14 shots on goal in the first twenty minutes. The peppering of Garon led to the quick three unanswered goals.

Tampa will need to make up the two goal deficit in the final period in order to avoid a five game losing streak.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Bolts, check out SB Nation's Lighting blog, Raw Charge.

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