Islanders top Lightning for eighth straight win
- The New York Islanders extended their winning streak to eight games when Anders Lee had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Coliseum on Friday.
- Thomas Greiss made 33 saves, and Mathew Barzal, Derick Brassard and Josh Bailey each had a goal and an assist for New York (9-3-0), which has scored at least four goals in four straight games.
- It’s the Islanders’ longest winning streak since a nine-game run during the 1989-90 season (Dec. 31-Jan. 19).
“We’ve all recognized what our identity is and who we are, and guys playing their roles perfectly,” Lee said. “We’re not trying to do too much. I think we’re playing a pretty simple game, not taking too many risks. If we do, we have had great goaltending that has backed us up.”
- Yanni Gourde and Ryan McDonagh scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves for Tampa Bay (6-5-2), which is 1-2-1 in its past four games.
- The Lightning don’t play again until next Friday, when they face the Buffalo Sabres at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series.
“Eventually we’re going to get rewarded and then hopefully we can go on a little bit of a streak here,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We are seeing improvement in a lot of areas, so we’ve just got to weather through this. We knew this was coming. … But we’re still above .500 heading into Sweden and hopefully we can come back with some more points and then dig our heels in once our schedule evens out.”
- Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman missed his second straight game because of a lower-body injury.
- Cooper said he was “hopeful” Sweden-born Hedman would be able to play against the Sabres in Stockholm. …
- Greiss is 4-0-0 during the winning streak. Semyon Varlamov, who was the backup against the Lightning, is also 4-0-0.
- They have alternated starts and have combined to allow two or fewer goals in seven of the past eight games. …
- The Islanders will play their next three home games at Barclays Center, where they have yet to play this season.
- They are 6-2-0 at Nassau Coliseum.
Sources & Credits: Dan Rosen / NHL.com, NY Islanders, TB Lightning