After a lackluster performance in 2011-12, the Tampa Bay Lightning are seeking to get this season off to a better start.
The Lightning will try to keep their early momentum going Monday by avoiding another road loss to the New York Islanders, who are hoping to have coach Jack Capuano back on the bench.
Tampa Bay finished with 103 points in 2010-11, the second-most in franchise history, and was one win shy of a second trip to the Stanley Cup finals. The Lightning, though, couldn't carry that success into last season, when they started 1-3-2, finished with 84 points and missed the playoffs.
They began their drive to return to the postseason in strong fashion Saturday with a 6-3 win over Washington. Veteran forward Martin St. Louis and defenseman Eric Brewer each had two goals, and Cory Conacher had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut.
"We emphasized that we wanted to start the year quick in a shortened season, and we were able to do that," said Steven Stamkos, who assisted on tw...