Islanders strike quickly, cool off Lightning
TB suffers first loss against Metro team
The New York Islanders scored three times in the first five minutes, the fourth line scored twice, and Thomas Greiss made 38 saves in a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Devon Toews, Casey Cizikas and Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders, who won for the 11th time in 14 games, moved to 17-7-4 against the Eastern Conference and became the first Metropolitan Division team to beat Tampa Bay in 13 games this season.
Greiss earned his 13th win, Matt Martin had two assists, and linemates Cizikas and Clutterbuck added assists as the Islanders broke a stretch of playing in five straight one-goal contests.
The Islanders are 6-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.
Ryan McDonagh scored Tampa Bay’s goal, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves. The Lightning had their three-game winning streak end and are 21-31 in their last 25.
Both clubs were playing second games of back-to-back sets, and the Islanders scored three times in its first five shots in the opening 4:43 against Vasilevskiy.
The Islanders’ 24th-ranked power play scored just 81 seconds into the game. Nelson fired in his 16th goal for the lead, and the tally was his first on the man advantage.
New York’s fourth line scored at 4:27 when Clutterbuck, who hadn’t scored a goal since Nov. 15, batted one in from Martin’s feed.
Sixteen seconds later, Toews scored on a slapper from the left circle for his third goal in 10 games since making his NHL debut on Dec. 23 in Dallas.
Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman collided with an official early in the second period, left the game and did not return.
Jackets put up seven
Cam Atkinson scored the tiebreaking goal with six minutes left in the second period, Nick Foligno scored twice and the host Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 7-5 victory over the New York Rangers.
Atkinson snapped a 2-2 tie when he scored his 26th goal on a deflection of defenseman Zach Werenski’s shot from the right point.
Atkinson’s latest goal was part of a three-goal flurry for the Blue Jackets, who improved to 11-3-1 in their last 15 games and 8-3-1 in their last 12 games against the Rangers.
Lukas Sedlak and Foligno scored in the final four minutes of the second period as Columbus scored seven goals for the fourth time this season. Foligno’s tally off an off-balance wrist shot with two seconds left occurred after Mats Zuccarello made it a one-goal game with 62 seconds left.
Around the rinks
• Sebastian Aho scored a hat trick as the Carolina Hurricanes thumped the visiting Nashville Predators, 6-3. The outcome snapped Nashville’s seven-game points streak.
• Bryan Little scored with 11 seconds left in overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win against the visiting Anaheim Ducks, who lost their 11th straight game (0-7-4).
• Ben Hutton’s goal at 7:20 of the third period sparked the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 home-ice victory over the Florida Panthers, who suffered their sixth loss in a row.
The Blue Jackets’ Nick Foligno is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Rangers Sunday.