(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning were able to bounce back from their only loss of the season the last time out and will try to post a second straight win when they host the New York Islanders tonight at St. Pete Times Forum.
The Lightning began the year with three straight wins before getting destroyed, 6-0, by Florida on Saturday. Tampa Bay was able to get back on track Monday night, defeating the visiting Dallas Stars by a 5-4 margin.
Dominic Moore led a lethal power play with two goals on the man advantage in the recent win over the Stars. Tampa ended 4-for-5 on the power play and improved to 8-for-24 (33 percent) on the season.
Steven Stamkos added a goal and two assists for the Lightning. Steve Downie scored once and also had an assist, while Sean Bergenheim tallied for the Lightning, who outshot the Stars, 44-19. Mike Smith needed to make just 15 saves to earn the win.
"Everybody was on the same page in tonight's game and it showed in the results," said Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina. "We outshot them and gave up very few shots against. The power play was good, the penalty killing was good, so that's the way we have to play."
The Lightning won Monday despite playing without captain Vincent Lecavalier, who suffered a bruised right hand after getting hit whit a shot in the loss to Florida. Lecavalier is questionable for tonight's game.
Tampa is 2-0 so far on home ice this year after posting a 21-14-6 record as the host in 2009-10.
The Islanders, meanwhile, enter tonight off the strength of consecutive victories and were able to hand the Toronto Maple Leafs their first loss of the season in their last outing.
John Tavares' power-play goal with 1:34 left in overtime lifted New York to a 2-1 road victory at Air Canada Centre.
With Brett Lebda in the box serving an interference penalty, the Islanders quickly went to work in the offensive zone and tallied the game-winner. P.A. Parenteau got the puck back to the middle point to James Wisniewski, who passed to Tavares for a one-timer that beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere on the blocker side.
"They're a good skating hockey team like we are," Tavares said. "They had some good chances, but we did what we had to do."
Matt Moulson scored in regulation for the Islanders, who were coming off a 5-2 win over Colorado on Saturday. Tavares also added an assist. Dwayne Roloson was stellar between the pipes, stopping 29-of-30 shots, but Rick DiPietro is expected to resume his starting role tonight.
Isles defenseman Radek Martinek is questionable for tonight with an illness, but forwards Josh Bailey and Trent Hunter are expected to miss the contest.
New York was just 11-23-7 as the guest in 2009-10 and is 1-1-1 on the road so far this season.
Tampa posted three wins in four meetings with the Isles last year, but New York has won seven of 12 overall in the series. The Islanders have not fared well at the Forum in recent years, losing three straight, four of five and eight of their last 10 games in Tampa.
10/21 11:25:59 E