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Islanders fall to Lightning in 13-round shootout

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 10:38 AM

Cory Wright

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Islanders fall to Lightning in 13-round shootout
New York Islanders 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 3
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Callahan
Ryan Callahan
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 20:38
Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:35
Anders Lee
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 20:20

The New York Islanders hung tough with the Tampa Bay Lightning, extending sudden death three times in a marathon 13-round shootout before ultimately falling 3-2 Thursday night.

Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson, Colin McDonald and Casey Cizikas all scored shootout goals, but the Islanders could not answer Sami Salo’s game-decider in the 13th round.

“At that point, it’s a coin-toss,” Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic said.

The Islanders – who picked up three of a possible four points on their road trip – held the Lightning’s high-octane offense to two goals in 65 minutes, including a critical penalty kill in the final 1:08 of overtime. The shorthanded unit collapsed in front of Evgeni Nabokov, blocked one-timers and dove to swat pucks to safety.

“There was a great block by Casey,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “We cleared the puck when we could, but they came right back. Hickey had a great read on [Steven] Stamkos and gave us a chance to win in the shootout.”

The Islanders controlled a good portion of the play through two periods and led 2-1 heading into the final frame. Strome had tied the score at one for the Islanders at 1:33 of the second period, just over a minute after Ryan Callahan opened the scoring with his first of two goals on the night.

The Islanders appeared to take the lead on a strange, shorthanded sequence shortly after, but the goal was called back due to a painfully close offside call on Brock Nelson, who was making a change at the Islanders bench at the time of Hamonic’s center-ice goal.

The disallowed goal galvanized the Islanders, who then attacked the Lightning in waves on the following shifts. After two unsuccessful tries by Lee, Matt Donovan put the Islanders ahead with his second goal of the season. With Lee and Nielsen working the puck below the goal line, Donovan skated into the slot undetected and one-timed Nielsen’s feed past Bishop.

“That’s the kind of effort we need,” Hamonic said. “We’re trying to play hard at this point of the season and we are just trying to get better each and every day. All we can ask of each other is to just keep working.”

The Lightning mounted a charge in the third period, outshooting the Islanders 10-4. Callahan chipped in the tying goal at 5:50, forcing overtime.

The young Islanders got younger Thursday night, as rookie John Persson made his NHL debut. Persson was recalled on an emergency basis from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers after Kyle Okposo was scratched late. In total the Islanders dressed 10 rookies for Thursday’s game.

Nabokov made 29 saves in the loss, while Bishop made 25 in the win.

The Islanders return home to face the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. Puck drop goes at 7 p.m.

NOTES: John Persson skated 12:49 with three shots and one hit… The Islanders are 13-4-2 in their last 19 road games… Travis Hamonic (30:30) and Calvin de Haan (30:28) each played over 30 minutes… Anders Lee led the Islanders with five shots… Ryan Strome (one goal) and Matt Martin (one assist) each have three points in their last two games.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Ryan Callahan (14) ASST: Radko Gudas (17), Valtteri Filppula (31)
1 - 0 TBL
Ryan Strome (5) ASST: Matt Martin (6), Matt Donovan (10)
1 - 1 Tie
Matt Donovan (2) ASST: Frans Nielsen (29), Anders Lee (5)
2 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
Ryan Callahan (15) ASST: Eric Brewer (13)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1R. MaloneR. Strome
2M. KostkaF. Nielsen
3O. PalatB. Nelson
4R. CallahanJ. Bailey
5V. FilppulaC. Clutterbuck
6V. HedmanM. Martin
7S. StamkosC. McDonald
8N. KucherovA. Lee
9T. PurcellJ. Persson
10T. JohnsonT. Hickey
11M. CarleC. Cizikas
12A. KillornM. Halmo
13S. SaloJ. Sundstrom
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Mike Halmo  Interference against  Tyler Johnson
Nikita Kucherov  Tripping against  Mike Halmo
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  John Persson
3rd Period
Ryan Callahan  Tripping against  Matt Donovan
Anders Lee  Tripping against  Valtteri Filppula
OT Period
Travis Hamonic  Tripping against  Eric Brewer
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 31TOI: 65:00
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .935SH: 0 - 0
Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
SA: 27TOI: 64:58
Saves: 25EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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