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Islanders Fall to Lightning 4-1

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    Islanders Fall to Lightning 4-1
    Chris O'Meara
    Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) takes down Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy as they chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Islanders 4-1 on Thursday night.

    Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson and Brian Boyle also scored for the Lightning, who have outscored the Islanders 10-2 in winning the first two games of the season series.

    The Islanders got a goal from Andrew Ladd.

    Stamkos opened the scoring by beating Jaroslav Halak from the left circle during a power play 8:03 into the game. The star center has 111 career power-play goals with Tampa Bay, one shy of Vincent Lecavalier's team record.

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    New York was called for all three penalties in the first period, on undisciplined infractions for elbowing, cross-checking and high-sticking.

    The Lightning went 2 for 6 on the power play, and New York failed to score on its one chance.

    Kucherov also scored from the left circle 3 minutes after Stamkos' goal to make it 2-0. Victor Hedman got his 188th career assist to become the franchise leader for defensemen.

    Halak was pulled and replaced by Thomas Greiss 2:50 into the second after Johnson scored from the left circle on Tampa Bay's fourth power play. Halak allowed three goals on 16 shots.

    Shortly after Vasilevskiy made a strong save on Casey Cizikas during a 4-on-1, Ladd pulled New York to 3-1 midway through the second.

    Boyle scored early in the third.

    NOTES: The Islanders host Tampa Bay on Monday night to complete the three-game season series in a 14-game span. ... Stamkos has 13 goals and 29 points in 27 games against theIslanders. ... Tampa Bay LW Jonathan Drouin missed his fourth straight game after taking a hit to the head Nov. 1 from Islanders D Calvin de Haan. ... The Islanders returned forward Mathew Barzal to Seattle of the WHL.

    UP NEXT

    Islanders: Wrap up a two-game southern swing Saturday night at Florida.

    Lightning: Complete a two-game homestand Saturday night against San Jose.

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