TAMPA, Florida – Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos and Carter Verhaeghe scored, and Tampa Bay Lightning extended their winning streak to six games Saturday night with a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 15 shots and improved to 16: 0: 2 in his last 18 starts when the Lightning won their ninth home game in a row and improved to 18: 2: 1 in the last 21 games.
Derick Brassard scored for the islanders, who have lost regulation for the first time in six games. Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots for the islanders.
Islanders' Mat Barzal scored 37.8 seconds in the first half, but the goal was discarded by offside.
Point put the Blitz ahead with his 20th goal of the season in just 14 seconds in the second half. Nikita Kucherov picked up a puck that circled the boards and fed Point with a breakaway. Point ran to the inside of the right circle and threw a punch past Varmalov. He was the fourth Lightning player to score 20 goals this season. He joins Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn and Kucherov as a 20 goal scorer.
Barzal had the chance to tie the game towards the end of the second round when he ran on ice with a partial partition, but Anthony Cirelli could keep up with Barzal, who won the fastest skater competition in the All-Star game, and increased his leverage Raise Barzal's stick and take off the puck to prevent a shot attempt.
Verhaeghe put the Lightning in the third round at 6:25 with 2: 0 and came forward with a clear track from the left board. For his sixth goal of the season, he shot a backhand shot under Varlomov's left arm.
Brassard put the islanders on the board at 12:12 when he reached the inside position at the top of the crease and pushed a pass from Justin Bailey past Vasilevskiy.