Vasilevskiy stops 34 shots, Light­ning beat Is­lan­ders 4-0

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An­drei Vasilevskiy faced 20 shots in the third pe­riod Mon­day night, so there wasn’t much time for him to worry about the sta­tus of his shutout.

The Tampa Bay Light­ning goalie was more wor­ried about a vic­tory, any­way. Vasilevskiy made 34 saves for his third ca­reer shutout, J.T. Brown and Ryan Callahan scored 42 sec­onds apart in the first pe­riod and the Light­ning beat the New York Is­lan­ders 4-0 on Mon­day night.

“We get two points, that’s most im­por­tant,” Vasilevskiy said, “and the shutout is a lit­tle bounce.”

The goalie said he ex­pected the Is­lan­ders to press in the third af­ter be­ing out­shot 17-4 in the sec­ond.

“Usu­ally when a team plays not that good (in the sec­ond pe­riod), they make a push in the third, ”Vasilevskiy said.“We did a good job on the (penalty kill) and the game over­all, blocked shots and good play. I just want to say thank you to our guys for the shutout.”

Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namest­nikov scored as the Light­ning won for the fourth time in seven games (4-2-1) fol­low­ing a three-game skid.

Steven Stamkos had two as­sists to help Tampa Bay com­plete a sweep of the three­game sea­son series with the Is­lan­ders - all within the last 14 days - by a com­bined 14-2 mar­gin.

“We sat back prob­a­bly a lit­tle too much in the third and put Vasy in a tough po­si­tion to make some big saves,” Stamkos said. “He earned the shutout for sure.” Jaroslav Halak had 27 saves for New York, which was shut out for the first time this sea­son and fell to 13-3 in its last seven.

“Ob­vi­ously we don’t want to be in the spot we are in,” Is­lan­ders cap­tain John Tavares said.

“We just have to play pos­i­tive and get bet­ter. You get up to­mor­row and try to get bet­ter.” Travis Ha­monic re­turned to the Is­lan­ders just nine days af­ter suf­fer­ing a hand in­jury that was ex­pected to keep him out four to six weeks. How­ever, New York was with­out fel­low de­fense­man Den­nis

Sei­den­berg af­ter he was placed on in­jured re­serve with a bro­ken jaw af­ter get­ting hit in the face by a puck in Satur­day night’s over­time loss at Florida. Scott May­field was an emer­gency re­call from Bridge­port of the AHL, and the Is­lan­ders used seven de­fense­men and 11 for­wards.

May­field fought with Brown about 5 1/2 min­utes into the sec­ond af­ter Brown hit Tavares. May­field re­ceived 17 min­utes of penal­ties, get­ting whis­tled for in­sti­gat­ing and a mis­con­duct in ad­di­tion to the fight­ing ma­jor.

Kucherov ex­tended Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-0 with 5:36 left in the sec­ond by com­plet­ing a give-and-go with Stamkos, snap­ping the puck past Halak for his sixth of the sea­son. It was Kucherov’s fourth goal against the Is­lan­ders, in­clud­ing one in each of the team’s three meet­ings.

The Light­ning made it 4-0 about 2 1/2 min­utes later when Stamkos brought the puck up ice and sent a pass to the right to Namest­nikov, who tipped it in for his third.

Brown got the Light­ning on the score­board with 1:02 left in the open­ing pe­riod, tak­ing a pass from Craig Pa­que­tte and flick­ing the puck past Halak.

Tampa Bay made it 2-0 with 20 sec­onds re­main­ing when An­drej Sustr fired a shot from the right point that Callahan ap­peared to de­flect with the shaft of his stick over Halak’s glove. It was Callahan’s first goal of the sea­son and his 349th ca­reer point. Kucherov nearly added to the lead in the clos­ing sec­onds of the first, but the puck ric­o­cheted of the cross­bar. — AP

— AP

NEW YORK: Tampa Bay Light­ning de­fense­man Bray­don Coburn (55) shoves New York Is­lan­ders’ left wing An­ders Lee (27) in front of Light­ning goalie An­drei Vasilevskiy (88) of Rus­sia dur­ing the first pe­riod of an NHL hockey game, Mon­day, in New York.

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