Is­lan­ders strike quickly, cool off Light­ning

TB suf­fers first loss against Metro team

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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.

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The Blue Jack­ets’ Nick Foligno is con­grat­u­lated by team­mates after scor­ing against the Rangers Sun­day.

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