TAMPA -- Two weeks ago, when the New York Islanders came to Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked mortal for the first time this season.
The Lightning, then 15-2-2, took a 5-3 home loss to the Islanders and would drop three of four games. They hadn't fully bounced back until Saturday, when they returned home and got a resounding 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks.
"Nothing like coming home and getting a win for everybody to start feeling better about themselves," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Monday as the Lightning prepared for Tuesday night's game against New York. "We had a shoot-first attitude (Saturday), which I really liked, and ultimately, you look fast when you're not turning the puck over."
The Islanders (16-8-2) have overtaken the Lightning (18-6-2) as the league's top scoring team, now averaging 3.7 goals per game. New York is 5-1 in its last six, scoring 4.3 goals in that stretch, including a 5-4 shootout win at the Florida Panthers on Monday night. >> Read more
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