Led by a budding young superstar, the Tampa Bay Lightning emerged as the NHL's upstart team of 2010-11, coming within one win of the Stanley Cup finals.
The New York Islanders are hoping they're ready to steal that script.
John Tavares and the Islanders try to notch their second win over Tampa Bay in eight days as they open their road schedule Thursday night, with the sputtering Lightning scrambling to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat.
Since being shut out in its season opener, New York (3-1-0) has won three straight - including a 5-1 win last Thursday over the Lightning in which Tavares had two goals and two assists.
The 21-year-old center had four points again Saturday against the New York Rangers, posting his third career hat trick and an assist in the Islanders' 4-2 victory.
"You're not going to say no to production like that," said Tavares, the top overall pick in the 2009 draft. "It's nice to produce, it's what I do best."
A fourth straight victory would match New York's...