TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) --
did not get a lot of help in his first career playoff start for the
New York Islanders
scored off turnovers by defenseman
stopped 30 shots as the
Tampa Bay Lightning
blanked the Islanders, 3-0, in the opener of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
DiPietro was considered a key if the Islanders had any chance of upsetting the top-seeded Lightning. But he was let down by Cairns, whose miscues led directly to the game's first two goals.
"Everyone makes mistakes," Stirling said. "We lost as a team."
Cairnes did not meet the media after the game.
"The toughest thing is being the fifth or sixth defenseman and playing against a fourth line that comes out will all kinds of energy," Islanders defenseman
. "You've got a cold defenseman coming out and it's very frustrating. Eric's one of our hardest-working guys and we've all had games like that, every one one of us."
Roy stole the puck from Cairns at the top of the right faceoff circle before snapping a wrist shot from the edge of the slot past DiPietro at 5:07 of the second period. It was the first career playoff goal for Roy, who logged just 59 seconds to that point.
Cairns coughed up the puck in front of his own net just under six minutes later and Modin backhanded it by DiPietro to make it 2-0.
"It was frustrating," said Roy, who was a healthy scratch 33 times this season and thought he might be traded. "I wanted to be in the lineup because we had great success and I wanted to be part of it."
Modin capped the scoring on the power play at 10:59 of the third period.
"I know we were pretty tired tonight," Tampa Bay defenseman
said. "Khabibulin won it for us tonight. The game was a couple of turnovers on their part, and we have to learn from that. We can't be making the same mistakes ourselves."
"It's all about winning," added Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis, "not who scores. If we go all the way and
gets 10 goals, that's perfect. I mean, I'm not going to score every night."
Khabibulin made six saves in the first period, 15 in the second and nine in the third for his second career postseason shutout and first since the 1997 Western Conference quarterfinals as a member of the
"Khabibulin made some spectacular saves," Islanders captain
said. "We can't be discouraged because we lost and didn't score."
The Islanders, who were 0-for-15 on the power play in four regular-season games against Tampa Bay, went 0-for-5 in this one.
"We get a win and it's tremendous for Nik. Obviously, he was the key piece," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "That was one of his better games. To open a series and have Nik play like that and feel good about himself, I am sure the team feels good about it."
Game Two is Saturday afternoon at Tampa Bay.