Islanders 3, Lightning 2
Oct. 06, 2001
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Mark Parrish scored a pair of third-period goals, and Michael Peca had a goal and two assists to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
Chris Osgood, acquired from Detroit in the waiver draft Sept. 28, made 23 saves to improve his career record against Tampa Bay to 10-0.
Peca, traded by Buffalo to New York in the offseason, opened the scoring with a short-handed goal 6:14 in. The Islanders' newly appointed captain broke in alone on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and banked a shot off the right post.
Peca set up the goals by Parrish less than two minutes apart early in the third period as the Islanders recovered from a 2-1 deficit.
Rookie left wing Jimmie Olvestad scored the first Lightning goal to make it 1-1 at 14:09 of the first, beating Osgood on a rebound from close in.
Brad Richards gave the Lightning their only lead on a power-play goal midway through the second period. Dave Andreychuk set up the score, tying Bobby Clarke at 29th on the career points list with 1,210.
Notes: Olvestad is the second Tampa Bay player to score in his NHL debut on opening night. ... C Vincent Lecavalier agreed on a four-year contract with the Lightning late Thursday night. The Lightning captain flew into Tampa on Friday night and went directly to the arena, where he signed the contract during the second period. ... The Islanders have not reached the playoffs since 1994. ... The Islanders had the worst record in the league last season with 52 points. Tampa Bay finished 29th with 59. ... Khabibulin finished with 31 saves.