Must win game gets won.
Dan Ellis allowed 2 goals on 36 shots in the win.
19:59 Stamkos (16), St Louis (13), Malone (8)(PP)
12:49 TB Clark (3), St Louis (14), Stamkos (14)(PP)
17:26 NYI Moulson (7), Konopka (1)
18:31 TB St Louis (8), Downie (7), Lundin (4)
18:52 NYI Tavares (7), Moulson (5), Wisniewski (12)
19:44 TB Thompson (2), unassisted(EN)
Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars. I don't know what the Isles ever did to Marty, but he seems to relish ripping their hearts out and stomping on them. He's filthy in the third period of close games against the Isles.
This was a crucial win for the Lightning to arrest any potential feefall while trying to get healthy. They've got Downie back, Gagne's back in practice, and Lecavalier's about 4.5 weeks out. So they can't lose to the handful of teams they should pound in the meantime, like the Islanders, and they didn't tonight.
Mattias Ritola had 7 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 2 hits, and was 75% on draws in 5:09. His major penalty was for charging.
Johan Harju had 1 shot and 1 hit in 6:41. I thought Johan showed a little more of his defensive game tonight, helping his line clog up the neutral zone.
Dana Tyrell was -1 with 2 blocked shots in 9:28.