Game 14 Recap: Stamkos' Goal And Two Assists Lead Bolts Past Isles 4-1 (W/Audio - Video)

Game 14 Recap: Stamkos' Goal And Two Assists Lead Bolts Past Isles 4-1 (W/Audio - Video)

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Game 14 Recap: Stamkos' Goal And Two Assists Lead Bolts Past Isles 4-1 (W/Audio - Video)

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Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 shots to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Islanders 4-1 last night at Amalie Arena.

Nikita Kuchertov, Tyler Johnson and Brian Boyle also scored for Tampa Bay.

Bolts backstop Vasilevskiy played big stopping 31 of 32 shots. “He was big. We know what we’re going to get from Vasy. He’s going to make some big saves,” said Steven Stamkos.

“We scored two in the first and I got some confidence. The guys made a lot of selfless plays and blocked shots,” said Vasilevskiy.

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TAMPA, FL – NOVEMBER 10: Steven Stamkos #91 and Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning wears a camouflage jersey for pregame warm ups in honor of Veterans Day against the New York Islanders at Amalie Arena on November 10, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Lightning started fast in this one as Steven Stamkos netted a power play goal at 8:03 from Tyler Johnson and Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikita Kucherov scored from Victor Hedman and Stamkos at 11:00 of the first period. It was just the fifth time in 14 games the Bolts have scored first. With his assist, Hedman is now the all-time assists leader for defenseman (188, ranks 7th on all-time list) as a Bolt, passing Dan Boyle. “I’ve been a part of this orginization a long time… To have a record like that is something I’m proud of,” said Hedman.

Tyler Johnson made it 3-0 Lightning at 3:50 of the second period from Ondrej Palat and Stamkos. The goal chased Jaroslav Halak who was replaced by Thomas Greiss.

The Isles Andrew Ladd scored his second of the year at 8:04 from Johnny Boychuk to make it 3-1 Bolts.

The Islanders made a big push late in the second, but young Vasilevskiy kept the Bolts ahead by two.

Brian Boyle‘s wrist shot from the right circle beats Greiss to make the final 4-1 Tampa Bay. Cedric Paquette gets the assist, his first point since opening night.

New York led in shots over the Bolts 32-28. The Lightning were 2-6 on the power play.

The Lightning (8-5-1) host the San Jose Sharks next on Saturday evening at 7:00 PM at Amalie Arena.

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