Tampa Bay jumped out to a 2-0 lead Tuesday, only to see the Islanders jump back with two quick goals in the second. "I think that was a key moment".
Going up against the third-best offensive force in the league and top-ranked power play in the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Islanders are going to have to be better. It's a tough challenge for an Avalanche team that is 12-12-2 and just dropped three straight at home, falling to 1-4-1 in their last six.
"He's there to hold us in when we need it", Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. The Lightning snapped out of a 2-4-0 mini-slump Saturday as they registered 43 shots during a 5-2 victory over San Jose in which each of their top three lines contributed at least one goal. Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored for the NYI and Thomas Greiss made 28 stops in defeat. "We're just not playing real well right now". Lee's goal against Florida was his 100th in the National Hockey League and defenseman Nick Leddy notched an assist to give him 12 points in his last 10 contests while Josh Ho-Sang helped set up a pair of tallies to give him six points in as many games.
The Islanders went 11 minutes without a shot to start the first and were outshot 11-2 overall in the period. Under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings and road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay. "We put some goals in the net and took control of the game again". "It's disappointing but we have to march on". The old mark was 30 games in 2014-15. Anders Lee extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with his fifth tally in that span and captain John Tavares netted his team-leading 17th as NY won for the fifth time in its last six on the road.
For Colorado, this will be the first of a hard four-game trip to the east coast.
The Avalanche get the Lightning again in Denver in nine days, doubling back with home games against three of the four teams they face on the road.