Islanders hold off Lightning

3:04 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) is congratulated after defeating the Detroit Red Wings 6-0 at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
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Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Michael Grabner, Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo all scored during a 3-goal second period that carried the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Monday matinee at Nassau Coliseum.

David Ullstrom added a goal later on and John Tavares notched two assists for the Islanders, who held off a late Tampa comeback effort to register their first win of the young season with head coach Jack Capuano back behind the bench.

Capuano missed New York's 2-1 loss to New Jersey in Saturday's opener after undergoing surgery to treat a kidney stone.

The Islanders outshot the Lightning by a 44-26 count, with Evgeni Nabokov stopping 23 shots to pick up the win despite surrendering three goals in the third period.

Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, which opened its 2012-13 campaign with a 6-3 decision over Washington. Cory Conacher posted two assists and Anders Lindback finished with 40 saves in a losing cause.

 

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