Note-Kvasha has six goals, not eight.
November 28, 2000
ISLANDERS 7, LIGHTNING 4
Islanders End Slide With a Torrent
By JENNY KELLNER
UNIONDALE, N.Y., Nov. 27 Â It was a no-excuses night for the
Not after losing eight straight games. Not after averaging a mere
1.54 goals over the previous 11 games. And certainly not against the
Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that started the Islanders' 1-9-0-1
skid with a stunning overtime victory on Nov. 3.
In a refreshing turn of events, the Islanders went on an offensive
spree tonight at Nassau Coliseum, with seven different players
scoring goals in a 7-4 victory over the Lightning before an announced
crowd of 7,807.
"If they didn't win tonight, it was going to be very, very difficult
to make excuses," Coach Butch Goring said. "Give credit to the guys.
They were ready to go right off the bat."
But nothing is easy for the Islanders, even after Roman Hamrlik,
Claude Lapointe and Kevin Haller staked them to a 3-0 first-period
lead. At 16 minutes 32 seconds of the first period, Sheldon Keefe
neglected to hit the brakes and upended Islanders goalie John
Vanbiesbrouck, and 10 seconds later, Vincent Lecavalier scored to
make it 3-1. But Dave Scatchard put the Islanders back ahead by three
goals, 4-1, beating the former Islander Kevin Weekes.
Vanbiesbrouck left the game with a mid-back strain, and Wade Flaherty
gave up a pair of second-period goals to let the Lightning back in
The Lightning made it to 4-2 at 12:05 on a power-play goal from
Fredrik Modin. The Lightning then cut it to 4-3 at 16:58, when Brad
Richards redirected Cory Sarich's shot over Flaherty's stick.
The Islanders had a great chance to go up by two in the closing
seconds of the period when Brad Isbister's shot got behind Dan
Cloutier, who replaced Weekes after the first period, and trickled
toward the goal mouth. But Oleg Kvasha, reaching in from the left
side of the net, accidentally knocked the puck back out into play.
Taylor Pyatt's first National Hockey League goal, just 58 seconds
into the third period, gave the Islanders a two-goal lead, but the
Lightning struck back just over a minute later, with Martin St. Louis
beating Flaherty at 2:23 to make it 5-4.
Then, perhaps remembering what happened the last time they played the
Lightning, when they blew a two- goal lead in the final minutes and
lost in overtime, the Islanders took charge. Kvasha put the Islanders
back up by two at 8:40, scoring his eighth goal of the season when he
shoved in a backhander from 10 feet out, and two minutes later Mark
Parrish made it 7-4 when he stole the puck and scored on a breakaway.
Tim Connolly had three assists while Lapointe added two assists to
"It's a huge relief, not just that we won but that we scored 7 goals
and took 38 shots," Lapointe said. "Hopefully, it's another start. We
felt we played the way we played in October. Seven goals by seven
different players is a lot of confidence by a lot of players."
In amongst the scoring was an actual power-play goal, from ROMAN
HAMRLIK, one in six attempts by the Islanders. . . . JOHN
VANBIESBROUCK said he did not see SHELDON KEEFE coming at him. "I got
spun around in a funny way and felt something pop, he said. "I didn't
expect to get hit the way I got hit." . . . Before Monday's game, the
Islanders' previous highest scoring game was in a 5-3 victory over
Atlanta on Oct. 20 . . . The former Rangers general manager NEIL
SMITH was at the game, scouting for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. . . .
Defenseman GARRY GALLEY and forward JESSE BELANGER were healthy
scratches. . . . STEVE WEBB (knee) will be out one more week, while
MATS LINDGREN (shoulder) will be out indefinitely. . . . BILL MUCKALT
(shoulder) has returned to full practices and is expected to return
next week. . . . Defenseman ANDERS MYRVOLD was recalled from
Springfield on Monday.