Printed on: January 22, 2013

Islanders hold off Tampa Bay


Associated press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- David Ullstrom scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a big lead, and New York held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Monday.

Coach Jack Capuano returned to the Islanders and guided them to their first win of the season. He missed the opening-night loss to New Jersey on Saturday because of surgery to remove a kidney stone. Michael Grabner, Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo scored in a 12-minute span of the second period to put the Islanders ahead 3-0. Ullstrom gave New York a four-goal lead 91 seconds into the final period.

Martin St. Louis, Benoit Pouliot and Steven Stamkos scored in a 51/2-minute stretch, pulling Tampa Bay within a goal with 12 minutes left. The Lightning couldn't get anything else past Evgeni Nabokov, who stopped 23 of 26 shots.

Anders Lindback allowed all four of New York's goals on 44 shots.

Around the NHL

SENATORS 4, PANTHERS 0: At Ottawa, Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 31 saves as the Ottawa Senators shut out the Florida Panthers in their home opener.

Anderson, making his second straight start to open the season, picked up his 20th career shutout. Jim O'Brien and Jakob Silfverberg, with his first NHL goal, also scored for the Senators.

BLUES 4, PREDATORS 3, SO: At Nashville, Tenn., T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout, and the St. Louis Blues edged the Nashville Predators.

The Blues won the Central Division last season, but the Predators won the season series 4-1-1 with three of those games going to a shootout.

BRUINS 2, JETS 1, SO: At Boston, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored in the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins over the Winnipeg Jets.

Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in regulation and held the Jets to only Blake Wheeler's score in the shootout. Bryan Little, the last shooter, hit the right post to end the game.

RED WINGS 4, BLUE JACKETS 3, SO: At Columbus, Ohio, Swiss rookie Damien Brunner scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lead the Detroit Red Wings past Columbus before 19,206 -- the largest regular-season crowd at Nationwide Arena in the Blue Jackets' 11-plus seasons.

SABRES 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1: At Toronto, Ontario, Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Miller lost his shutout bid when Nazem Kadri scored on the power play with 1:42 remaining, his second goal of the season.

DUCKS 5, FLAMES 4: At Calgary, Alberta, Daniel Winnik and Ryan Getzlaf each scored two goals as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Calgary Flames.

Saku Koivu had the other goal for Anaheim, which opened the season with two road wins.