Posted October 20, 2011 on AP on Fox
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Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist to help the Tampa Bay Lightning stop a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. Ryan Malone, Steven Stamkos and Brett Clark also scored for the Lightning. The Islanders got a goal from Michael Grabner. New York had won three in a row, all coming during a season-opening four-game homestand. Malone put the Lightning up 1-0 with a rebound power-play goal from the slot with 3:28 left in first. The Lightning outshot New York 14-6 during the period. Lecavalier made it 2-0 at 15:14 of the second. Stamkos, playing in his 250th NHL game, extended the lead to 3-0 with 14:35 to go in the third. After Grabner cut it 3-1 at 7:55 of the third, Clark scored late in the period. New York went almost 13 minutes without a shot in the second before Tampa Bay goalie Mathieu Garon stopped a long-range shot by Brian Rolston. Garon made three saves on John Tavares in the first. The Islanders' center was held scoreless after picking four points in each of his previous two games, Marc-Andre Bergeron had an assist, extending his point streak to five games. The Tampa Bay defenseman has six assists and eight points over the stretch. New York goalie Al Montoya had a modest two-game winning streak end, which included a 34-save performance in a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Oct. 13. Notes: Islanders G Rick DiPietro (concussion) faced shots in goal and did skating drills during a one-hour morning workout. He resumed practicing this week. ... Tampa Bay D Eric Brewer was in the lineup, one day after undergoing an MRI exam for an undisclosed injury. ... Rolston played in his 1,191st game, which tied him for 92nd place all-time with Gilbert Perreault and Marc Bergevin. He assisted on Grabner's goal ... Islanders LW Blake Comeau was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.
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