Prince of Isles scores twice in win over Bolts

Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:50pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - A rookie in Ottawa two months ago, Shane Prince scored twice for the New York Islanders on Wednesday as they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in the opener of their second-round series on Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

"I couldn't be in a better place, competing for the Stanley Cup," said the 23-year-old, who was acquired by the Islanders at the trade deadline.

"I think it's as good as it gets in hockey. I'm beyond excited to be here, grateful. We have a great group of guys, great coaches, and I think we can see that in the first round and the first game of this series."

New York led 4-1 in the third, but the Lightning got goals from Nikita Kucherov and Valtteri Filppula to pull within a goal with 2:32 left in a furious comeback.

After Tampa Bay pulled their goalie in the final two minutes, New York got an empty-net goal from Cal Clutterbuck to seal the win.

Prince scored twice from just in front of the Lightning goal, taking passes from Ryan Strome and getting the puck past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who left after a fourth goal midway through the second period.

The Islanders came in with much less rest after eliminating the Florida Panthers with back-to-back double-overtime wins, but now have a 1-0 series lead ahead of Game 2 in Tampa on Saturday.

"We made bad decisions. I don't know what to say," Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson said of the loss. "We've got to be better for the full 60, that's all it is. It's a seven-game series and we've been down before. We've been here."

Tampa Bay got a goal in the third period from Kucherov -- his team-best sixth of the playoffs -- to cut the lead to 4-2 with 12:19, but New York had the game in hand at that point.   Continued...

Apr 27, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) falls to the ice as New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) scores a goal during the first period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports