UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- In a move to try to resusitate a struggling offense, the Lightning opened tonight's game against the Islanders with some massive line shuffling, but Tampa Bay still fell behind early on the road. The Lighting trails 1-0.
Head coach John Tortorella started a line of Chris Gratton, Andre Roy and Nick Tarnasky. He also split up Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis, placing St. Louis with old linemate Brad Richards and Jan Hlavac and keeping Lecavalier and Vinny Prospal teamed together to go along with Jason Ward. The fourth line consisted of Andreas Karlsson, Craig MacDonald and Michel Ouellet.
Defensive pairs were Dan Boyle and Paul Ranger, Filip Kuba and Shane O'Brien, and Brad Luckowich with Mike Lundin.