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NHL: New York Islanders 4, Tampa Bay 3

Jan. 21, 2013 at 4:28 PM   |   Comments

UNIONDALE, N.Y., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Michael Grabner set off a three-goal second-period barrage off a power play Monday, sending the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The decision made a winner of Islanders Coach Jack Capuano, who missed Saturday's season-opening 2-1 loss to New Jersey due to a kidney stone attack. He was back behind the bench Monday.

Grabner's power-play goal 6:50 into to contest came off assists by Mark Streit and New York goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo scored in a 4-minute span later in the period and David Ullstrom made the score 4-0 91 seconds into the third period. All the goals were against Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback, who still made 40 saves.

Although Nabokov, who ended up with 23 saves, had a shutout to that point, he allowed three goals in about 5 1/2 minutes of the final period and Tampa Bay pulled within 4-3 with 12 minutes to go.

Martin St. Louis got the Lightning on the board less than a minute after Ullstrom scored and Benoit Pouliot and Steven Stamkos scored 34 seconds apart for the other Tampa Bay goals.

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