Montoya helps lead Islanders past Lightning 5-2

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The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 22, 2011; 11:26 PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- Al Montoya made 36 saves, helping the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Nate Thompson put Tampa Bay ahead 61 seconds in, lifting a rebound past Montoya.

But, the Islanders scored four straight goals before Thompson helped set up a goal by Dominic Moore with the Lightning holding a two-man advantage midway through the third period.

Josh Bailey scored first for New York with 10 seconds left on a power play midway through the opening period, depositing a rebound off a shot by Milan Jurcina.

The Islanders took the lead when Kyle Okposo redirected a shot by Milan Jurcina past former teammate Dwayne Roloson at 5:16 of the second.

Matt Martin made it 3-1 with a backhander at the 13:39 mark.

Teammates Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner sandwiched Moore's score with a pair of short-handed goals in the third period, the latter into an empty net with 46 seconds to go.

Nielsen leads the league with six short-handed goals, one shy of a franchise record.

Notes: Tampa Bay D Mattias Ohlund played in his 900th game. ... New York is 24-14-6 with Jurcina playing and 5-19-6 without him. ... The Lightning signed former Ferris State University G Pat Nagle, an undrafted free agent, to a two-year entry level contract. ... New York is 14-6-5 since the All-Star break and 6-1-4 in March. ... Tampa Bay has won only two of its last 11.


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