Tampa Bay Lightning Snap New York Islanders Win Streak


Nov 15, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) is congratulated after he scored a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped the New York Islanders’ win streak at five with a 5-2 win Saturday night.

Filppula’s power play goal tied the game at 2-2 13:46 into the first period before Cedric Paquette scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Bolts (12-4-2) a 3-2 edge just 1:43 later.

Tyler Johnson gave the Lightning breathing room in the second period as he made it 4-2 before Radko Gudas sealed things for the Lightning with 4:26 left when his soft shot from the blue line badly fooled Islanders (11-6) goalie Chad Johnson.

Johnson made 23 saves while Ben Bishop got his 10th win of the season after making 25 saves.

The Bolts converted one of their three power play chances while New York failed to score on their four opportunities.

The Islanders had taken a 1-0 lead 7:41 into the game as Brock Nelson scored his eighth goal of the year but Ryan Callahan tied it up a minute later when he deposited a rebound into the back of the net.

New York restored their lead at 11:22 thanks to Josh Bailey before Filppula tied the game once more 2:24 later.

For the first time this season, Jonathan Drouin was a healthy scratch for Tampa Bay.

The Bolts will play the Islanders again on Tuesday at the Nassau Coliseum but not before a stop at MSG to face the New York Rangers on Monday.