Lightning Send Isles Packing

Apr 16, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Martin St. Louis scored 4:07 into overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the New York Islanders from the playoffs with a 3-2 victory.

"Those are the games you want to play. Those are the games you want to be involved in," St. Louis said. "Win or lose, you remember those games. They're fun. You dream about this as a kid -- sudden death overtime."

The Lightning took the best-of-seven opening round in five games and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The top-seeded Tampa Bay will the lowest seed remaining in the second round.

"No matter how good you play, we lost the series," Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro said. "We're going home and they're still playing."

Belfour Gets Third Shutout
Ed Belfour stopped all 21 shots for his third shutout in the series as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 2-0 for a three games to two lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

"It's a big win for us, but the job is not done yet," said Toronto's Matt Stajan, who replaced injured captain Mats Sundin.

Tie Domi and Joe Nieuwendyk scored third-period goals for the Maple Leafs, who can advance to the second round by winning Game Six on Sunday in Ottawa.

"I didn't think we were very good," Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. "We didn't generate enough. I think we were good before, but not tonight."

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