Gourde keys Lightning surge in 6-2 win over Islanders

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Yanni Gourde scored two of Tampa Bay’s three goals late in the second period and the Lightning beat the New York Islanders 6-2 on Tuesday night.

After the Islanders dominated the first 16 minutes of the second, Gourde had a power-play rebound goal at 16:22 and then gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead 1:34 later on another rebound effort. The Lightning’s top-ranked power play extended the advantage to three when Vladislav Namestnikov scored 50 seconds after Gourde’s second of the game.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Brayden Point, Andrej Sustr and Chris Kunitz, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves. The Atlantic Division leaders are 11-2-1 at home.

Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle scored for the Islanders, who had won eight of 10. Thomas Griess stopped 28 shots.

Point opened the scoring 34 seconds into the game from low in the left circle and Sustr made it 2-0 from the blue line late in the first.

Both of Sustr’s goals this season have come in the past three games, and the defenseman has 10 in 288 career NHL games.

The Islanders went 11 minutes without a shot to start the first and were outshot 11-2 overall in the period.

There was a total switch starting the second as the Islanders got the period’s first nine shots, including Barzal’s backhand power-play goal at 7:07. Eberle tied it 2-all just 1:51 later.

Kunitz had a third-period goal.

NOTES: Gourde has scored four of his eight goals against the Islanders. … The Islanders are 10-0-0 when scoring first and 6-9-2 when the opponent gets the initial goal. … Lightning D Braydon Coburn (knee-to-knee hit) sat out his second straight game and has not resumed practicing with the team. … New York D Scott Mayfield, scratched the previous two games, had both Islanders shots in the first and hit the post in the second.

UP NEXT

Islanders: Play at Pittsburgh on Thursday night in their third stop on a four-game trip.

Lightning: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night in the third of four consecutive home games.

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