TAMPA BAY 3, ISLANDERS 2, SO
By Jason Lockhart
The Islanders (8-6-3) came up just short, dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker in a shootout against Tampa Bay Friday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Islanders fell behind 2-0 early in the first period, but fought back to tie the game in the second period on goals by Radek Martinek and Mike York. Rick DiPietro stopped 36 shots in regulation and overtime as the Islanders have now earned points in five consecutive road games.
Nikita Alexeev scored his seventh of the season at 2:32 of the first period to put Tampa Bay up 1-0. Vincent Lecavalier skated in 2-on-1 and fed Alexeev for a perfect pass and an easy tap-in.
The Lightning capitalized on a power play to go up 2-0. Brad Richards fired a high wrist shot at 5:08 of the first period for his sixth goal of the season.
Martinek scored his first goal of the season on a slap shot past the glove of Johan Holmqvist to cut the lead to 2-1 at 8:00 of the period.
Richards had a glorious chance to make it 3-1 with just over three minutes remaining in the second period. He broke in all alone, but DiPietro stopped Richards' forehand to keep it 2-1.
Viktor Kozlov dished off a pass to York, who blasted a rocket over Holmqvist to make it 2-2 with only 39 seconds remaining in the second period. It was York's fifth goal of the season.
The teams were held scoreless in the third period and overtime.
In the shootout, seven Islanders shooters could not put one past Holmqvist. Dmitry Afanasenkov's wrist shot in the seventh-round of the shootout squeaked through the pads of DiPietro for a 3-2 Tampa Bay victory.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Johan Holmqvist: Stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime, and seven in the shootout to record win
2. Rick DiPietro: Made 41 saves including six in the shootout
3. Dmitry Afanasenkov: Recorded the game-winner in the shootout
4. Radek Martinek: A strong defensive game was rewarded with his first goal of season
5. Vincent Lecavalier: Two assists
Stat of the Game: The Islanders had no power plays in the game.
Slapshots: Assistant coach Danny Flynn received 13 stitches just below the eye after being hit with an errant stick during the first periodÂ¦Chris Campoli was a healthy scratchÂ¦Before tonight, Radek Martinek last scored a goal on January 19, 2006 at CarolinaÂ¦The Islanders are now 2-2 in shootoutsÂ¦Rick DiPietro has stopped 15 of 17 shootout attempts.
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mike Dunham
3 Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 6 Sean Hill
12 Chris Simon - 79 Alexei Yashin - 55 Jason Blake
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 81 Miroslav Satan
7 Trent Hunter - 16 Mike York - 25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham - 17 Shawn Bates - 10 Richard Park
40 Johan Holmqvist
30 Marc Denis
7 Luke Richardson - 71 Filip Kuba
54 Paul Ranger - 22 Dan Boyle
44 Nolan Pratt - 21 Cory Sarich
3 Doug Janik
15 Nikita Alexeev - 4 Vincent Lecavalier - 26 Martin St. Louis
20 Vaclav Prospal - 19 Brad Richards - 17 Ruslan Fedotenko
29 Dmitry Afanasenkov - 9 Eric Perrin - 34 Ryan Craig
74 Nick Tarnasky - 24 Andreas Karlsson