After averaging under two goals scored per game for the first quarter of the season, the New York Islanders have scored 14 goals over their last three games and 19 over their last five. Tonight it was five goals by five different goal scorers, with the line of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and P.A. Parenteau setting the tone with repeated offensive threats. It was 3-1 Islanders at the first intermission, and mostly a cruise to a 5-1 win..
David Ullstrom scored his first NHL goal on a clever pass from Josh Bailey -- who was simply excellent -- and Al Montoya stood up to the little pressure he faced after the Lightning opened scoring with a Martin St. Louis tip on the first shot Montoya faced.
Fuller recap and whistles to come later. This is our instant post-game plus/minus thread for your instant analysis with short-form praise and critiques for the night that was. To keep it orderly, if you see someone making the same points you have, maybe just reply to them before starting your own string. Or, whatever you like. This one was fun. Winning is fun. Winnipeg is not.