It took thirteen rounds of the shootout for a victor to emerge from the Islanders / Lightning game tonight. In Round 13, Tampa’s Sami Salo scored to seal the victory for his club. Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson, Colin McDonald and Casey Cizikas all scored for the Islanders in the extra session.
The first period went goalless but it took only 29 seconds for the Lightning to get on the board after the first intermission. Newly acquired Ryan Callahan deflected in a point shot from defender Radko Gudas to make it 1-0. The Islanders would answer just over a minute later when Ryan Strome scored his fifth of the year at the 1:33 mark from a sharp angle. Matt Donovan would put the Islanders ahead halfway through the period. Nielsen made an excellent feed from behind the net with his back turned to Donovan in the slot, who was able to put it in with a diving effort.
In the third, Callahan notched his second of the game off a rebound of an Eric Brewer shot. The teams would remain deadlocked until things were finally settled in the shootout’s 13th round.
The Islanders had 10 rookies in the lineup for this game: Strome, Nelson, Donovan, Mike Halmo, Anders Lee, John Persson, John Sundstrom, Anders Nilsson, Calvin de Haan and Kevin Czuczman.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 29 of 31 non-shootout shots. Matt Donovan had a goal and an assist and was +2.