After getting embarrassed by the New York Rangers on Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning were in no mood to foo stopped 26 shotsl around with the Islanders last night. Nikita Kucherov netted two goals and had four points, Steven Stamkos, Brian Boyle, J.T. Brown and Valtteri Filppula all scored while Victor Hedman and Slater Koekkoek had two helpers each to lead the Bolts over the Isles 6-1.
Steven Stamkos said that each member of the team was challenged by the coaches, “Sometimes it just takes a spark, takes an embarrassing loss, a tough stretch. It’s how you can respond.”
Stamkos has got 7+ goals in his first 10 GP of a season for the fifth time in his career
This game marks the biggest margin of victory since a 5-0 win vs. Buffalo on December 2, 2014.
“I thought it was just a complete effort…They were a responsible group tonight,” said Coach Cooper.
The Lightning snap a three game losing streak, finish the road trip at 3-3-0 and move to 6-4-0 on the young season.
Tampa Bay hosts the Boston Bruins on Thursday at Amalie Arena.
GAME NOTES: The Islanders scratched C Barzal (illness), G Jean-Francois Berube and RW Alan Quine. … Casey Cizikas skated in his 300th career NHL game. … Tampa Bay scratched C Cedric Paquette and D Nikita Nesterov. . Lightning F Slater Koekkoek made his season debut after being recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday.
Less than two minutes into the game, Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan laid a big hit on the Lightning’s Jonathan Drouin. Ryan Callahan — playing his second game since off-season surgery — felt the need to protect his teammate and dropped the gloves with de Haan. Drouin left the game and did not return. Drouin was seen walking around in good spirits in the locker room. Coach Cooper said Drouin was held out as a precaution.