(Tampa, FL) The Tampa Bay Lighting used a couple of firsts to break a four game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the NY Islanders Saturday night in Tampa. Mike Smith posted his first shutout of the season stopping 30 shots and Victor Hedman scored his first NHL goal.
Ryan Malone opened the scoring for Tampa Bay with his 16th of the season when he poked home a rebound past Islander goalie Dwayne Roloson to make it 1-0 at 1:35 of the first period.
Steve Downie gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead ramming home a rebound with 51.4 seconds left in the period for his 5th goal of the season. The Bolts defense was solid as they killed off a 2 man disadvantage.
“It’s a great win for the team”, said Lightning goalie Mike Smith, who played his best game of the season earning his 9th career shutout.
Jeff Halpern added the third goal of the night at 2:58 of the third period deflecting Kurtis Foster's slapshot from the near circle on the power play.
Victor Hedman lit the lamp for the first time in his NHL career when he when he directed the puck past Roloson on a 2-1 break on a feed from Vinnie Lecavalier at 10:31 to make it 4-0.
The Islanders had two goals disallowed in the game. One for a hand pass and for interfering with goalie Mike Smith.
The Lightning face the Washington Capitals Monday night in the second game of this three game homestand.
Former NY Islander and Detroit Red Wing executive and current Sarasota resident Jim Devallano were in the press box for tonight’s game.
Tonight’s game was the fourth in six nights for the Bolts.
Attendance tonight: 13,577.
Martin St. Louis played his 336th consecutive game tonight, the sixth longest among active players. Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester holds the current longest consecutive game streak at 367.
Islanders Goalie Dwayne Roloson at 40 is the oldest goaltender currently playing in the NHL.
Next up for Lightning: Washington Capitals Monday night here in Tampa.