Yanni Gourde keys Tampa Bay Lightning's surge in 6-2 win over New York Islanders

WFTSPublished: December 6, 2017
Published: December 6, 2017

When the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to regain the momentum, Yanni Gourde took over. Gourde scored two of Tampa Bay's three goals late in the second period and the Lightning beat the New York Islanders 6-2 on Tuesday night. After the Islanders dominated the first 16 minutes of the second, Gourde had a power-play rebound goal at 16:22 and then gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead 1:34 later on another rebound effort. "They came out really strong and I think we came out flat," Gourde said. "We score on the power play and momentum turned back around for us. I think that was a key moment." The Lightning's top-ranked power play extended the advantage to three when Vladislav Namestnikov scored 50 seconds after Gourde's second of the game. Tampa Bay also got goals from Brayden Point, Andrej Sustr and Chris Kunitz, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves. The Atlantic Division leaders are 11-2-1 at home. Vasilevskiy has allowed two or fewer goals in 15 of 23 starts.

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