Clutterbuck, Grabovski, Strome score in 2nd period to lead Islanders past Lightning, 5-2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Cal Clutterbuck, Mikhail Grabovski and Ryan Strome scored in the second period to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
Brock Nelson and Casey Cizikas also scored and Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots for the Islanders, who got a measure of revenge for a 5-2 loss at Tampa on Saturday that snapped their five-game winning streak.
Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat scored for the Lightning and Evgeni Nabokov finished with 31 saves against his former team.
Clutterbuck tied the score at 1-1 with a short-handed goal 39 seconds into the middle period. Grabovski and Strome then scored 1:03 apart to give the Islanders a two-goal lead with 6 1/2 minutes to go in the period. Nelson's power-play goal in the opening minute of the third made it 4-1.
Killorn opened the scoring with 8:07 left in the first period with his fourth of the season, poking a loose puck past Halak after the Islanders had the better of play for most of the period.
Starting the second period with defenseman Thomas Hickey in the penalty box, Clutterbuck burst down the right wing and sent a shot past Nabokov for his second of the season.
Grabovski put the Islanders ahead with 7:37 remaining in the period with his fourth goal on a pretty pass from Frans Nielsen before Strome recovered a blocked shot and scored just over a minute later.
After Nelson's goal at 36 seconds of the third, Palat finally answered for the Lightning at 2:14. However, Cizikas scored on a breakaway at 8:55 to seal New York's win.
Nabokov started for the Islanders the past three seasons after a decade with the San Jose Sharks. He helped New York reach the playoffs in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
The 39-year-old Nabokov looked strong early, making a flurry of saves as the Islanders had an early two-man advantage.
However, after Cizikas' goal, Nabokov bowed his head in frustration and skated slowly along the goal line. The Nassau Coliseum crowd chanted, "Nabby, Nabby" - as they often did in support of the goalie - after New York's final goal.
The Lightning, coming off a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night, looked tired playing their third game in four nights.
New York came into the rematch with the Lightning with 11 wins in 17 games, the most for the franchise since starting 12-4-1 in 1987-88.
NOTES: The Islanders and Lightning meet again at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 20. ... The Lightning scratched forwards Brenden Morrow and Brett Connolly and defenseman Eric Brewer while the Islanders scratched spare defensemen Brian Strait and Matt Donovan and forward Cory Conacher.