Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/21/13
UNIONDALE, N.Y.- In racing out to a four-goal lead on Monday afternoon, the New York Islanders provided reason to believe they're ready to end a five-year playoff drought and pursue the franchise's first postseason series victory in 19 seasons. The Islanders also know they remain a work in progress, after an apparent rout turned into a nail-biting 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in front of an announced crowd of 15,322 at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders scored three second-period goals, including two in a span of 1:12, and appeared well on their way to an easy win when David Ullstrom extended the lead to 4-0 less than two minutes into the third. But the Lightning mounted their second impressive third-period rally in as many games by scoring three goals over the next seven minutes. "We can't have that," said Islanders left winger Matt Martin, who scored one of the second-period goals. "We were able to hang on and play solid for the last 10 minutes. A full 60 minutes is w...
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