TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Islanders playoff drive hit
Bruno Gervais and Alexei Yashin scored first-period goals for
the Islanders, who trail eighth-place Montreal by five points in
the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. New York
has lost three straight after a four-game winning streak.
"I think it comes down to desperation," Islanders coach Brad
Shaw said. "I really don't understand some of the efforts we're
getting from some of the guys when we're supposed to be trying to
make a push to get into the playoffs. It's astonishing."
The Islanders traded away four veteran players -- forwards Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha, and defensemen Brad Lukowich and Brent Sopel -- at the dealing deadline and then lost top defenseman Alexei Zhitnik to a season-ending ankle injury.
Fedotenko made it 3-2 with 10:43 left on a deflection off his
stick from in close. Fredrik Modin's shot hit an Islanders defender
and was redirected toward Fedotenko. The play was reviewed by the
video goal judge.
"I think it was one of those lucky ones," Fedotenko said.
Martin St. Louis gave Tampa Bay a two-goal advantage at 14:27
before Modin scored a power-play goal to make it 5-2 with 2:27
"It's a tough loss," Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro said.
"Games this big you can't afford to drop like that in the third
period. We did it again and we're just putting ourselves further
and further behind the 8-ball."
DiPietro made 32 saves.
"We had a chance to win it," he said. "We've got to play
harder, more desperation. We needed those two points badly and we
didn't get them."
Gervais scored his first NHL goal -- in his 12th game -- to put
New York ahead 1-0 at 1:46 of the first period. After Kubina's
power-play goal tied it at 16:18, the Islanders went up 2-1 when
Yashin scored on the rebound with 2:08 left in the period.
Lecavalier redirected Vinny Prospal's pass to get Tampa Bay even
at 2 with 27.4 seconds remaining in the second.
"We were having problems generating chances, having problems
with their speed," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said.
"Obviously the second goal at the end of the period was key.
That's what I like about what happened, we ended up finding a
Tampa Bay won all four games in the season series. The
first three were one-goal victories. ... Lecavalier also had an
assist and extended his point streak to seven games. He has six
goals and 10 points during the stretch. ... Islanders LW Mike York
(concussion) missed his second consecutive game and is day to day.
... Kubina snapped a 20-game, goal-scoring drought. ... New York C
Shawn Bates played in his 400th NHL game.