Gourde keys Lightning surge in 6-2 win over Islanders

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2017

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (18-6-2): Johnson's two tallies snapped a 15-game goal-scoring drought during which he posted a minus-5 rating and registered 24 shots.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (16-8-2): Josh Bailey notched an assist in Monday's victory and leads the team with 31 points, including 13 in his last nine games, and Tavares is just one behind his linemate.

Climbing back in never resulted in climbing over the Lightning (19-6-2), who got a pair of goals from Yanni Gourde, including one on the power play, to snap the second-period deadlock before Vladislav Namestnikov made it 5-2 with 1:14 to go before the second intermission.

Vasilevskiy will make his fourth consecutive start after allowing just five goals total on his way to two wins in the previous three games.

"We had the whole ice tilted and had taken the game over and reversed the whole script", Isles head coach Doug Weight said of his team's comeback from an early 2-0 deficit. "Two penalties late and it's 5-2".

Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle scored for the Islanders, who had won eight of 10. "It's disappointing, but we have to march on". Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots.

Kunitz had a third-period goal. The NHL's leader in wins will go for his 18th of the season against a high-powered NY offense that averages a league-leading 3.73 goals per game, but will be playing its second game in as many nights.

The Lightning reached 40 points in a franchise-fastest 27 games.

The Lightning hope to improve on their solid start to the homestand when they welcome the Colorado Avalanche to AMALIE Arena.

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