In what was a suspensful game in Tampa Bay, the Islanders managed to come away with another road win against a top team in the league.
The Lightning sat atop the Atlantic Division at 15-2-2 before the Islanders came to town, but New York wasn't focused on that record. They played their game, and stole one from the Lightning at home.
It was a test for head coach Doug Weight's team, and he thinks they came away passing it with flying colors.
"It could be a game that takes your team to new levels, as long as you learn from it, grow with confidence from it," Weight told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "I think every game is a test, really. But we go into St. Louis, where they were on a 9-0-1 run, then we come here with a team that's really ripping through the league and we play a really solid game."
The Islanders got off to a hot start and sustained it into the third period where Anders Lee's second goal on a power play gave New York a comfortable 4-0 lead. However, the Lightning came knocking on the door, scoring three unanswered goals in the third.
Mistakes were made, but the Islanders knew they needed to stay aggressive if they wanted to come away with a win. Andrew Ladd thinks they accomplished that.
"We certainly knew that any mistake you make and they've got guys behind you, so we were aggressive," Ladd said.
Despite the scare in the third, the Isles shut down one of the most dangerous lines in hockey in Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Vlad Namestnikov. None of them notched a point in their loss, and Ladd was happy with how well his team worked together to make them a non-factor.
"It's a challenge to face a line going that well," he said. "All five guys on the ice with them have to be aware of what they're doing, trying to sneak into open space. We did well. We got the big saves when we needed them, too."
Those saves came from Thomas Greiss, who tallied 36 saves in the win. He was a brick wall throughout the game, that is until the Lightning scored twice in 13 seconds. Weight called a much-needed timeout, and explained to his players what they needed to do to hold off the home team.
"He was just telling us what we needed to hear," Josh Bailey said. "Everybody was calm. He was just tyring to get his point across."
"We've had a hell of a game, we've done good things, now we just need to settle down," Weight added. "Don't get flat-footed, don't start slapping at pucks. And we had three, four shifts after that to help us get back on track."
The dagger in the hearts of the Lightning came on an empty netter from John Tavares to end the game. The Lightning tried, but they couldn't get the best of the Islanders, who have proved they can take down any team in the league on any given night.
"We just know what type of game we need to play to beat these teams," Lee said. "When we struggle, we know why we're struggling and what we need to do to fix it. There's a different feeling in the room between periods in these games."