BROOKLYN, N.Y.—The Lightning is no longer undefeated against the Metropolitan Division. Tampa Bay came into Sunday's game with 12 wins against the Met. That came to a grinding halt against the Islanders, after another bad first period.
Here are some odds and ends from the Lightning's loss:
Avoiding the shutout. Ryan McDonagh got the Lightning on the board late in the second period. He got a shot off from the top of the circle, contested by two Islanders that went off Thomas Greiss and in. After many great chances, this wasn't the kind
With that goal, McDonagh broke a streak of four games without a goal. He also broke his streak of assists in his last four games against the Islanders. A goal instead seems like a fair trade.
Another assist streak. Steven Stamkos notched an assist in his third-straight game. He has a goal and four assists in those three games. He also has assists in his last four games against the Islanders.
Rebounding on the shot clock. The Lightning did not put a shot on net in the first 10 minutes of the game, and only had six in the first period. Tampa Bay rebounded with 22 in the second and ended up out-shooting the Islanders 39-28.
Vasilevskiy allows five. This was the seventh time Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed five goals or more this season. His high was six goals allowed in a loss to Ottawa. Vasilevskiy is 2-3-2 when allowing five or more goals.
In all, he made 23 saves on 28 shots on Sunday. Vasilevskiy gave up three goals on five shots to start the game, then cracked down.
Barclays Center is as bad as you've heard. With whole sections empty, the seats that can't see one goal, the whole building echoes. Building an arena for only one tenant (whether that other be hockey or anything else) seems short-sighted.
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