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The Islanders could only watch as Tampa’s Yanni Gourde celebrated his go-ahead goal in the second period of New York’s 6-2 loss to the Lightning Tuesday night in a matchup of the NHL’s two highest-scoring teams. AP

The Islanders could only watch as Tampa’s Yanni Gourde celebrated his go-ahead goal in the second period of New York’s 6-2 loss to the Lightning Tuesday night in a matchup of the NHL’s two highest-scoring teams. AP

Updates with new lead, quotes. The Islanders scored both their goals in the second period (less than two minutes apart). Vladislav Namestnikov scored 50 seconds after Gourde's second of the game.

Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders saw neither score a goal - Yanni Gourde had two, and Stamkos was a minus-1 on the night, a reminder of how unsafe all Tampa Bay's lines can be.

"It was good to see us respond like that", Callahan said of the three-goal flurry. "We know how we can play. I think that's where most goals are scored".

Tampa Bay also got goals from Brayden Point, Andrej Sustr and Chris Kunitz, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves.

"We're obviously going through something here where we're not playing the way we're capable of", coach Jared Bednar said after Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Buffalo. He then registered the primary assist on Jordan Eberle's goal. Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots.

Weisbrod, 15 points, opened the scoring at the foul line and the Cardinals built a 15-4 lead and the Celts of the NAIA came as close as five in the first half, but the lead mostly stayed in double digits.

Both of Sustr's goals this season have come in the past three games, and the defenseman has 10 in 288 career National Hockey League games. The Lightning dominated early and expected a strong second period from the Islanders, who dominated for 15 minutes but saw things slip away in the final minutes of the period.


"The only positive you can take from the game is that they're one of the best if not the best team in the league, and in the second period, it was completely flipflopped", Eberle said.

NY (16-9-2) rallied back from a 2-0 deficit with two goals in less than two minutes. "It's disappointing but we have to march on". Yanni Gourde - who previously had played right wing on a line with Point and Palat - moved to center on Saturday between Alex Killorn and Cory Conacher, who scored off assists from his two linemates in the third period.

The Lightning reached 40 points in a franchise-fastest 27 games.

Gourde recorded his seventh and eighth goals of the season and has four goals in two games against the Islanders, compared to four in 26 games against everyone else. The Islanders are 10-0-0 when scoring first and 6-9-2 when the opponent gets the initial goal.

NOTES: Lightning D Braydon Coburn missed a second straight game with a lower-body injury, with RW J.T. Brown and D Jamie McBain as healthy scratches. NY D Scott Mayfield, scratched the previous two games, had both Islanders shots in the first and hit the post in the second.

The Avalanche get the Lightning again in Denver in nine days, doubling back with home games against three of the four teams they face on the road.

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