Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for his second shutout this season and 54th overall in the NHL, and John Tavares scored his 17th goal in the Isles’ 2-0 win over the Lightning Thursday night. “I think we played a good simple road game,” defenseman Andrew MacDonald said. “Our special teams are good. Guys are getting in lanes to block shots, and it certainly made the difference.” Nabokov made an in-close save on Victor Hedman in the second period, and Tavares had a power-play goal midway through the frame to help the Islanders improve to 4-1-2 over their last seven games. “They’re going to get chances, but the key is always what kind of chances they’re going to get, and where are they going to get them, and how much time are they going to get,” Nabokov said. “I thought we did a very good job on the big guys. This was a team effort in the zone.” Brad Boyes added an empty-net goal in the final minute of play. Anders Lindback stopped 27 shots for Tampa Bay, which has lost eight of 10. “It’s just a weird thing,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “We’re scoring tons of goals and we’re not defending well. All of a sudden now we’re defending well and we’re not scoring goals. It’s flip-flop, flip-flop. It’s hard to take. The story of our year, we can’t get everything together on the same day.” Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier didn’t play and is out indefinitely because of an undisclosed lower body injury. Lecavalier, who was hurt Tuesday night against Florida, was placed on the injured list before last night’s game. The Isles were without speedy forward Michael Grabner, who was put on the injured list Wednesday because of a shoulder injury sustained Sunday in a game at Pittsburgh.
Nabokov saves day for Islanders
New York Post | Mar 15