Varlamov, Nelson lead Islanders past Lightning 5-1

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Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 shots, Brock Nelson scored twice in the third period, and the New York Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Monday night.

Ross Johnston, Josh Bailey and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders, who are 18-0-1 when scoring three or more goals.

Tampa Bay got a goal from Steven Stamkos. Curtis McElhinney stopped 19 shots.

Varlamlov made an in-close rebound save on Stamkos and a diving glove grab on Pat Maroon early in the third.

In addition to Nelson’s goals at 7:31 and 14:41, Lee added a power-play goal with 3:55 remaining.

The Islanders got on the scoreboard first. After Tampa Bay’s Cory Conacher failed to score on a breakaway, Johnston put the Islanders up 1-0 on the ensuing rush at 6:44 of the second.

Bailey made it 2-0 with a short-handed breakaway goal 1:53 later. The Lightning lost control of the puck in the offensive zone during a 4-on-2 and Casey Cizikas dove forward to swipe the puck ahead to Bailey.

On the same Tampa Bay power play, McElhinney turned aside Nelson’s breakaway shot.

Stamkos cut the deficit to 2-1 on an in-close backhander that went off the mask of a diving Varlamov with 4:25 left in the second.

Tampa Bay had an apparent goal by Victor Hedman with 10:07 to play taken away after a video review clearly showed that Anthony Cirelli was offside.

NOTES: New York D Nick Leddy (lower body) didn’t play and is day to day. … Tampa Bay C Tyler Johnson (lower body) sat out and could miss a few games. … Bailey stopped a nine-game goal drought. … Lightning D Kevin Shattenkirk had an assist and has 14 assists and 18 points in 17 games against the Islanders. … New York D Johnny Boychuk assisted on Bailey’s goal for his first point in 17 games.

UP NEXT

Islanders: At Florida on Thursday night to complete a three-game trip.

Lightning: At Florida on Tuesday night.

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