Tampa Bay Sports Day

Lightning Even Series with 4-1 Win Over Islanders

Tampa Bay won Game 2 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a 4-1 score to even the best-of-seven series against the New York Islanders at one game apiece.

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson netted the game’s opening goal at 6:03 of the first period — his third goal of the 2016 playoffs to give the lightning a 1-0 lead. The Lightning have scored the opening goal in both games against the Islanders and six of seven games in the 2016 playoffs.

Tampa scored on two of their first four shots. The Bolts are 16-2 since the start of the 2015 playoffs when scoring the opening goal.

Jonathan Drouin scored his first career playoff goal at 11:55 of the first period to give the Lightning a 2-0 advantage.

“Oh, it is a great feeling definitely. In a game like this where you need the win with your back against the wall, it was a great goal,” Drouin said.

Tampa Bay went up 3-1 at 11:59 of the second period after Victor Hedman was able to convert on the Bolts’ third power play of the game. Hedman netted his first goal of the 2016 playoffs and third goal of his playoff career.

Johnson added an empty-net goal with 2:18 remaining in regulation for his second goal of the night. Johnson has recorded two multi-goal games this postseason and six multi-goal games for his playoff career.

New York’s Nikolay Kulemin scored his first goal of the playoffs, but that was all the offense the Islanders could muster on Saturday.

“These aren’t going to be easy games,” Kulemin said. “We saw today, they play hard and we need to be better next game.”

Ben Bishop stopped 19-of-20 shots to improve to 5-2 this postseason. Bishop is now 9-2 with a no decision all-time in the playoffs in starts following a loss. Bishop has allowed two goals or less in six of his seven playoff starts this season and 11 of his last 13 dating back to last year.

“I thought the team played really well. We are going to have to continue like this,” Bishop said. We saw what we did wrong in Game 1, and I thought we did a better job possessing the puck, getting pucks deep, not really feeding their transitions with turnovers. Obviously, when we don’t do all those things, we play pretty well.”

With the split, the Islanders have taken home-ice advantage back from the Lightning and can win the series just by winning their games at Barclays Center. Game 3 goes on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Lightning are 34-12-1 this season (regular season and playoffs) when Bishop gives up two goals or less….Tampa Bay is 39-4-3 when scoring three or more goals (regular season and postseason) in 2015-16….… Hedman’s goal was the first by a Bolts defenseman this postseason….. Amalie Arena was sold out for the 62nd-consecutive game dating back to last season (includes playoffs). The Lightning sold out all 41 home games in 2015-16.