NEW YORK - Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves, J.T. Brown and Ryan Callahan scored 42 seconds apart in the first period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 4-0 on Monday night.
Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored as the Lightning won for the fourth time in seven games (4-2-1) following a three-game skid. Steven Stamkos had two assists to help Tampa Bay complete a sweep of the three-game season series with the Islanders — all within the last 14 days — by a combined 14-2 margin.
Jaroslav Halak had 27 saves for New York, which was shut out for the first time this season and fell to 1-3-3 in its last seven.
Travis Hamonic returned to the Islanders just nine days after suffering a hand injury that was expected to keep him out for four to six weeks. However, New York wasMayfield fought with Brown about 5 1/2 minutes into the second after Brown hit Islanders captain John Tavares. Mayfield received 17 minutes of penalties, getting whistled for instigating and a misconduct in addition to the fighting major.
Kucherov extended Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-0 with 5:36 left in the second by completing a give-and-go with Stamkos, snapping the puck past Halak for his sixth of the season. It was Kucherov’s fourth goal against the Islanders, including one in each of the team’s three meetings without fellow defenseman Dennis Seidenberg after he was placed on injured reserve with a broken jaw after getting hit in the face by a puck in Saturday night’s overtime loss at Florida. Scott Mayfield was an emergency recall from Bridgeport of the AHL, and the Islanders used seven defensemen and 11 forwards.
The Lightning made it 4-0 about 2 1/2 minutes later when Stamkos brought the puck up ice and sent a pass to the right to Namestnikov, who tipped it in for his third.
The Lightning outshot the Islanders 17-4 in the second period, with New York’s Anthony Beauvillier hitting a post on one shot just over a minute after Kucherov’s goal.
New York pressed in the third and had a 20-4 advantage on shots, including four during a two-man advantage for 59 seconds, but Vasilevskiy stopped everything.
There was a brief skirmish between the teams after Kucherov and Thomas Hickey tangled with about 1:20 remaining. All 10 skaters on the ice joined the pushing and shoving, with Kucherov receiving the only penalty for roughing.
Brown got the Lightning on the scoreboard with 1:02 left in the opening period, taking a pass from Craig Paquette and flicking the puck past Halak.
Tampa Bay made it 2-0 with 20 seconds remaining when Andrej Sustr fired a shot from the right point that Callahan appeared to deflect with the shaft of his stick over Halak’s glove. It was Callahan’s first goal of the season and his 349th career point.
Kucherov nearly added to the lead in the closing seconds of the first, but the puck ricocheted of the crossbar.
NOTES: Stamkos (two goals, five assists) and Kucherov (four goals, three assists) both had seven points in the three meetings against the Islanders this season. … Stamkos also has a point in six of the last eight games with three goals and seven assists. … Tampa Bay improved to 9-0-1 this season when scoring at least three goals. … The Islanders have lost seven of their last eight games against the Lightning, including Tampa Bay’s five-game series win in the second round of the playoffs last spring. … New York’s Nikolay Kulemin played his 598th game.
Lightning: At Detroit on Tuesday night in the second game of a five-game trip.
Islanders: Host defending champion Pittsburgh on Friday night to complete their two-game homestand before heading out on a three-game California trip.