Islanders take big lead, hold off Lightning 4-3

Islanders take big lead, hold off Lightning 4-3
January 21, 2013, 4:12 pm
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New York Islanders' Matt Martin, right, scores past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback during the second period of the NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) 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 5 1/2-minute stretch, pulling Tampa Bay within a goal with 12 minutes left.