Series (Game 2 of 4)

Tampa Bay leads 4-0

Game 1: Thursday, November 17th
Game 2: Monday, January 2nd
Game 3: Monday, February 6th
Game 4: Sunday, March 19th

Lightning 2

(20-17-3, 43 pts)

Islanders 1

(17-19-2, 36 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 2, 2006

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
TB 1 0 12
NYI 0 1 01

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

G. Snow (Islanders - G): Saves: 41, Save Pct.: .953

V. Lecavalier (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Tampa Bay (19-17-3) at NY Islanders (17-18-2) 7:00 pm EST

Tampa Bay (19-17-3) at NY Islanders (17-18-2) 7:00 pm EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Since his selection to the United States Olympic Hockey Team, things have not gone well for goaltender Rick DiPietro.

The New York Islanders are hoping DiPietro can come back from a mild knee sprain when they try to snap a four-game losing streak Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In his last five games, DiPietro has just one victory and failed to finish two other contests, surrending 19 goals on 104 shots. He left Friday's game against Ottawa after a knee injury in the first period and is listed as day-to-day.

Jason Blake scored his 17th goal and Chris Campoli and Mattias Weinhandl also had tallies for the Islanders, who failed to hold a two-goal lead in the third period of their 4-3 loss to the Senators.

Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik bruised his tailbone when he slid backwards into the boards in the second period. However, he is expected to play.

Tampa Bay lost for the sixth time in seven outings with Friday's 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Rob DiMaio scored his fourth goal in the second period for the Lightning, who went 0-for-5 on the power play.

Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk can move past Scott Stevens into fourth place on the all-time list with his 1,636th game.

Martin St. Louis scored a tiebreaking goal with 1:43 remaining to lift Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Islanders in their previous encounter November 17.