New York at Tampa Bay

Lecavalier's hat trick gives U.S. record to Lightning coach Tortorella


TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella reached a milestone, while the injury-depleted New York Islanders saw their fading playoff hopes take another hit.

Vincent Lecavalier scored three goals and Michel Ouellet added two, leading the Lightning past New York 8-4 on Tuesday night.

Tortorella moved past Bob Johnson to become the winningest American-born NHL coach with 235 victories. He left after the game without speaking to reporters due a personal matter.

Jeff Halpern, Nick Tarnasky and Jason Ward had the other Lightning goals. Tampa Bay, last in the Eastern Conference, won for only the second time in 12 games.

"I think it was certainly satisfying for our players," Tampa Bay assistant coach Mike Sullivan said. "We've worked extremely hard over the past six or seven or eight games, maybe even longer, and haven't got rewarded."

Bill Guerin, Ruslan Fedotenko, Ben Walter and Mike Comrie scored for the Islanders, who have lost five of six. New York fell to 13th in the Eastern Conference, eight points behind eighth-place Philadelphia, which lost 4-3 to Toronto in overtime.

"When it rains, it pours," Guerin said. "We're down a bunch of guys right now. Our young guys have stepped in and played well, but we need more depth. It's nobody's fault. It just happened."

The Islanders have five players on injured reserve, and several others, including defenseman Brendan Witt, playing hurt.

"We're real fragile right now," coach Ted Nolan said. "We've got so many guys out. So many new guys. Everybody is trying the best they can. It seems like we're fighting an uphill battle."

New York goalie Rick DiPietro allowed eight goals on 44 shots.

Ouellet put the Lightning ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at 6:51 of the first. Halpern stole the puck from DiPietro behind the net and passed to Ouellet in the low right circle.

Lecavalier made it 2-0 during a 5-on-3 power play with 7:51 left in the first.

Guerin cut the Islanders' deficit to 2-1 at 17:05 of the first. New York tied it at 2 on Fedotenko's goal at 4:16 of the second.

Halpern put Tampa Bay up 3-2 nine minutes into the second. Mathieu Darche skated in from the left wing, drew DiPietro toward him, then skated behind the net and found Halpern all alone in the low right circle. The Lightning took a 4-2 advantage when Tarnasky scored his first goal in 16 games with 5:11 left in the second.

Lecavalier jammed a puck past DiPietro at 4:58 of the third to extend the Lightning lead to 5-2. After Walter scored a power-play goal with 9:58 left, Lecavalier completed his hat trick from the right circle at 17:43. Ouellet, at 18:15, and Ward 10 seconds later made it 8-3.

"It seemed tonight, everything went in at once," Lecavalier said.

Comrie closed out the scoring with 36.4 seconds remaining.

DiPietro got his sixth assist of the season on Comrie's goal. It was his 13th overall, which moved him past Billy Smith for the most by a goalie in team history.


  • DiPietro had allowed only two goals in winning the previous three games between the teams this season.
  • Fedotenko left in the third with a left knee sprain after a collision in the Islanders' zone. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
  • Islanders C Andy Hilbert hurt his ankle in warmups and didn't play.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
Vincent Lecavalier thanks Martin St. Louis after setting up his first goal in the first period.  (AP)
Vincent Lecavalier thanks Martin St. Louis after setting up his first goal in the first period. (AP)
Related Links
NY Islanders (32-32-7)1124
Tampa Bay  (27-35-8) «2248
Three Stars
V. Lecavalier

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
J. Halpern

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Ouellet

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1

Related Video

September 1, 2017
2017-18 NHL preview: New York Islanders (0:51)
February 27, 2017
Five potential NHL wild-card teams
November 12, 2017
NHL Power Rankings (11/12)
November 5, 2017
NHL Power Rankings (11/5)
Scoring Summary
06:51Power Play - Michel Ouellet (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Jeff Halpern, Dan Boyle
12:09Power Play - Vincent Lecavalier (35), Tip-In. Assist: Martin St. Louis, Jeff Halpern
17:05Bill Guerin (21), Slap Shot. Assist: Brendan Witt, Radek Martinek
04:16Ruslan Fedotenko (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Trent Hunter
09:00Jeff Halpern (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mathieu Darche, Michel Ouellet
14:49Nick Tarnasky (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Craig MacDonald, Shane O'Brien
04:58Vincent Lecavalier (36), Tip-In. Assist: Dan Boyle, Alexandre Picard
10:22Power Play - Ben Walter (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Blake Comeau, Bryan Berard
17:43Vincent Lecavalier (37), Wrist Shot. Assist: Martin St. Louis, Jussi Jokinen
18:15Michel Ouellet (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mathieu Darche
18:25Jason Ward (8), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
19:23Mike Comrie (21), Slap Shot. Assist: Bill Guerin, Rick DiPietro
Penalty Summary
04:53Davison, 2 min, Tripping
10:41Johnson, 2 min, Tripping
10:57Martinek, 2 min, Tripping
17:41Jokinen, 2 min, Tripping
04:51Hunter, 2 min, Holding
03:25Bergenheim, 2 min, Slashing
04:14St. Louis, 4 min, High-Sticking
10:16Halpern, 2 min, Holding
18:38Davison, 5 min, Fighting
18:38Tarnasky, 5 min, Fighting
Shots On Goal
New York97824
Tampa Bay12151744
Rick DiPietro59:56368
Karri Ramo60:00204
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
NY Islanders1-for-2
Tampa Bay2-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 19111
Referees - Don Koharski, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Jonny Murray, Vaughan Rody
Other Games
Ana 2 Final
Pho 3
Chi 1 Final
Det 3
Colo 5 Final
Atl 2
SJ 2 Final
Nash 1
NJ 0 Final
Mon 4
StL 3 Final
Edm 4
Bos 1 Final
Ott 4
Phi 3 Final
Tor 4