The Lightning scored four unanswered goals -- including two by Yanni Gourde -- to run away with a 6-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday at Amalie Arena. >> Box score
- 0:34 TB Brayden Point; Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat
- 17:47 TB Andrej Sustr; Assists: Chris Kunitz, Ryan Callahan
- 7:07 NYI Mathew Barzal (Power Play); Assists: John Tavares, Nick Leddy
- 8:58 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Mathew Barzal, Adam Pelech
- 16:22 TB Yanni Gourde (Power Play); Assists: Mikhail Sergachev, Tyler Johnson
- 17:56 TB Yanni Gourde; Assists: Slater Koekkoek, Cory Conacher
- 18:46 TB Vladislav Namestnikov (Power Play); Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos
- 6:00 TB Chris Kunitz
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
Well, this one was a disaster from the opening minute when Brayden Point scored to make it 1-0 Tampa. Although the team showed some brief fight in a 15-minute span of the second period, briefly tying the game at two, they proceeded to give it all away in a putrid defensive effort, falling to the Lightning, 6-2.
There was really nobody outside of Mathew Barzal that played well, so it's not really fair to single anyone out for a poor performance. This was a top-down collapse of basic structure, coverage, and puck possession. Coming off a 5-4 win over the Panthers last night in Sunrise, against a rested Lighting team at home, is not a good recipe. But still, much more was and needs to be expected of this team in their own zone.
What is the answer? What you see, for now at least, is what you get. Head coach Doug Weight can juggle his bottom four defenseman all he wants, but until forwards start paying more attention to their responsibilities in their own zone, nobody is riding in on a white horse to save them. On three consecutive plays to end the second period with the game tied, Johnny Boychuk, Brock Nelson and Adam Pelech combined to not lay one stick on a Tampa player in front of a besieged Thomas Greiss, allowing for easy tap-in goals.
Throw this one in the trash, rest up for Pittsburgh on Thursday as the road trip continues, with no easy game on the schedule for the foreseeable future.
The Islanders will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguions on Thursday at 7 p.m.