Strome dazzles in the shootout

Islanders fifth overall pick in this year's draft helps the Blue Team take Skills Competition win

Saturday, 07.16.2011 / 11:43 PM ET / News
By Brian Croce
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Strome dazzles in the shootout
Five thousand two hundred and thirty five Islanders fans were treated to a thrilling finish in the 2011 Blue and White Scrimmage and Skills Competition tonight.

Ryan Strome, the Islanders fifth overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, brought the house down with a, between-the-legs, spinning, backhanded shot in the breakaway portion on the skills competition.

“Someone told me to put the puck through my legs and I thought I’d take it to a new level,” Strome said. “I’m glad it worked. I almost got poke-checked, but I found a way to get it in and I’m just happy the fans liked it.”

Ryan Strome #8 of the New York Islanders smiles during the Blue v White Game on July 16, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Strome helped the Blue Team to a 9-8 victory, which required a sudden-death shootout to decide the outcome. One of Strome’s linemates on the night and fellow fifth overall selection Nino Niederreiter ended the competition with a five-hole winner through the legs of 6’6’’Anders Nilsson.

Before Niederreiter’s decider, there were four competitions between the Blue and White Team that each had their own flare.

The skills competition began with the Hardest Shot. Each team sent out three players to see who could inflict the most pain on a piece of rubber and the bright white twine.

Last month’s second-round draft pick, Scott Mayfield, started things off by blasting an 89 MPH shot for the Blue Team, but the White Team’s Andrey Pedan quickly surpassed the mark with a 91 MPH shot. Matt Donovan sealed the point for the White Team with the hardest shot of the evening at 95 MPH.

In the Rapid Fire session, each team had two players take snap shots on the opposing goalie. Nilsson stole the show for the White Team, stopping all six of the shots he faced and securing the point for his team.

“I just tried to be square on the shots,” Nilsson said. “I knew they were going to come fast, so I just tried to keep my eye on the puck and this time, it went my way.”

The White Team led 8-5 with two events remaining and three points still up for grabs. The next contest was a shootout where Strome started push for a Blue Team comeback. His crowd-pleasing snipe left the Blue Team two points out with two points still on the table. Before the final event, everyone in the arena – including the players – were still trying to figure out what exactly Strome did on the ice.

Ryan Strome #8, Nino Niederreiter #25 and Krill Kabanov #37 of the New York Islanders look on during the skills competition on July 16, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Kirill Kabanov, one of Strome’s linemates on the night, said Strome told him he had something up his sleeve before he skated out to center ice.

“It was unbelievable,” Kabanov said. “Honestly, it was something crazy. I have no idea how he did it. He told me he was going to do it, and I asked, ‘Are you sure you’re going to do that?’”

While Kabanov and just about everyone else were trying to figure how Strome scored that goal, the final event began. The Team Breakaway event would decide the outcome of the entire night. If the Blue Team won, a sudden-death shootout would take place, but if the White Team won, it was game over.

Chris Rawlings, Blue Team goaltender, made several keys saves in the final event, giving his team a chance to win.

“When it comes to the skills competition, it’s all about having some fun with it,” Rawlings said. “There is some pretty good talent out there, so it’s nice to see that I can play with them.”

Niederreiter scored the night’s final goal on a sudden-death breakaway. The Blue Team came out victorious, but both teams showed fans why the future is looking so bright for Islanders hockey.

Strome's highlight video:

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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