Lightning 4, Islanders 3

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Islanders 4-3 on Monday afternoon.

Vaclav Prospal had a goal and two assists for Tampa Bay, winners of five straight. Johan Holmqvist stopped 33 shots for his third straight win against New York.

Alexei Yashin, Viktor Kozlov and Trent Hunter scored for the Islanders, losers of two in a row and eight of their last 10, including four straight at home.

Rick DiPietro made 20 saves for New York.

The Islanders capitalized on their first power play to take a 1-0 lead. Yashin buried the rebound of Chris Simon’s shot past Holmqvist at 3:38 for his 13th goal of the season and first in 13 games.

The Lightning scored on their first power play at 6:55 when Prospal backhanded a rebound from the left crease.

Richards scored on the next power-play chance to put the Lightning ahead at 9:21. His sharp-angled shot from the left side went in and out of the top of the net so quickly that it required a video review.

St. Louis took advantage of a bad line change by the Islanders to finish off a play for his 29th goal of the season at 15:37 of the second period to give Tampa Bay a 3-1 advantage. With DiPietro down after making a save on Lecavalier, St. Louis stood between three Islanders and flipped the rebound over the goalie.

St. Louis leads the league in goals, and is riding an 11-game point scoring streak (6-9-15). He also is tied with Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne for most goals on the road with 17.

The Islanders cut the gap to 3-2 on a two-man power-play advantage 70 seconds into the final period, when Kozlov, standing in the low right circle, found the upper far corner with a perfectly placed wrist shot.

Lecavalier made it 4-2 for the Lightning at 7:13 when he banged home a rebound of his original shot.

Hunter narrowed the gap to 4-3 at 10:40 after beating Holmqvist with a rebound of Mike Sillinger’s shot.

NOTES: The Islanders were winless in their last six meetings with the Lightning (0-5-1). The last win was a 3-0 at home on Mar. 21, 2004 The parents of the late Dan Snyder (Graham and LuAnn) were in attendance, promoting the Dan Snyder fund. They plan to attend a game in every NHL arena this season to promote awareness of the fund.

AP-ES-01-15-07 1508EST

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