Rapid Reaction: Isles 5, Lightning 1
October, 13, 2011
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
Recap | Box score | Photos
What it means: In a dynamic offensive performance, the Islanders rolled to a 5-1 win over the Bolts, hammering former teammate goaltender Dwayne Roloson in front of a home crowd of 9,759 at Nassau Coliseum. After a lackluster first two games, the Islanders' top line finally clicked, scoring four goals in the first period.
Two for Tavares: His first goal of the season turned out to be a fluke, but it sparked a four-point first-period for star center John Tavares. Tavares scored two goals and picked up two assists in the first twenty minutes of play. He earned two minutes for roughing in a scuffle with Victor Hedman in the third and left the game afterwards.
Roli Return: It was a rough night for Roloson in his first trip back to Nassau Coliseum since being traded to Tampa last January. For the second straight game, Roloson gave up five goals. He was yanked in the second period and replaced with backup Mathieu Garon.
First-Line Frenzy: The Islanders top line of Tavares, Matt Moulson and P.A. Parenteau combined for all four of the team’s first-period goals. Both Tavares and Moulson entered Thursday’s game without a point and tallied their first goal of the season.
More for Montoya: Islanders coach Jack Capuano awarded goaltender Al Montoya the nod opening night and that decision appears to be a good one. In his third consecutive start, Montoya stopped 33 of 34 shots. The former Rangers first-round pick has given up only four goals over the past three games.
Hed-Ache: Hedman gifted the Islanders with their first goal of the night, accidentally whacking in Tavares’ rebound out of mid-air to jump-start a four-goal first period for the Islanders only 36 seconds into play.
Strome Home: The Islanders sent 2011 first-round draft pick Ryan Strome back to his junior club Thursday morning and he wasted no time getting back on the scoresheet. The 18-year-old center scored a hat trick in the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs’ game against the Belleville Bulls. Fellow Islanders prospect Mitchell Theoret also scored for Niagara.
No News on DP: Goaltender Rick DiPietro, who left practice Wednesday after taking a puck to the facemask, underwent baseline neurological testing Thursday. An update is expected Friday.
What’s Next: Islanders vs. Rangers, Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.