Isles stay hot, top Lightning
Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck each had a goal and an assist, Thomas Greiss stopped 38 shots, and the Islanders beat the league-leading Lightning 5-1 on Sunday in New York.
New York scored three goals in the opening five minutes as it won for the 11th time in its past 14 games.
“It just shows what type of team we are when we play the right way, and how successful we can be,” Cizikas said.
Ryan McDonagh had a goal for Tampa Bay, which was 18-1-1 in its previous 20. The Lightning — the NHL leaders in wins (35), points (72) and road wins (16) — lost in regulation for just the ninth time this season, but for the second in their past five games.
Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman left the game in the second period after being accidentally hit in the face by an official. Hedman did not return.