Cory Conacher set up two third-period goals that nearly led Tampa Bay to a wild comeback in an eventual 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders Monday in his second NHL game.
New York jumped ahead with three goals in the second period; the first coming on a man-advantage created by Conacher’s first penalty. After going down 4-0, Tampa responded with three goals in 5 1/2 minutes to set up an entertaining finish.
Martin St. Louis got the Lightning on the board 2:22 into the third with Steven Stamkos and Conacher, the recipient of a favorable scoring decision, getting assists on the play.
That line scored again with 12 minutes to go in the game when Conacher fired a pass across the top of the crease for Stamkos, who put it in to draw the Lightning within one.
Lightning coach Guy Boucher had Conacher out at the end of the game for a chance to tie it with the goalie pulled (though it was only 5-on-5 because they had a penalty), but Tampa couldn’t score and lost its first game of the season.
Conacher had a bump in ice time from his first game, going from 13:50 time on ice to 16:03, including 2:07 on the power play. He was plus-1 with one shot, no hits and no blocked shots.
Conacher now has four points in his first two NHL games (one goal, three assists), putting him first in rookie scoring.
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