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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at NY Islanders



(Tuesday, December 17th)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, NY Islanders 2 (SO)

Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - With Valtteri Filppula scoring a pair of goals late in the third period to spark an improbable comeback, the Tampa Bay Lightning extended the New York Islanders' recent misery with a 3-2 shootout victory at Nassau Coliseum.

The Lightning trailed 2-0 with under three minutes remaining in regulation before Filppula's heroics, with the second goal coming with just 3.8 seconds left to play. He also had one of Tampa Bay's two tallies during the shootout, with Nikita Kucherov accounting for the eventual game-winner in the second round.

Ben Bishop helped the Lightning to a second straight road win after a seven- game skid as the visitor by making 32 saves.

"We passed up too many shots tonight, but the boys stuck with it and we probably stole a couple points tonight," said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.

Evgeni Nabokov finished with 34 saves for New York, but faltered late as the Islanders fell to 1-9-4 over their last 14 outings. Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen each potted goals in the loss.

The Islanders appeared to be well on their way to only a second triumph in the last month, but a giveaway from Nielsen in his own zone led to Filppula firing home a wrister from the right slot that pulled the Lightning within 2-1 with 2:53 left in the third period.

With Bishop pulled for an extra attacker, Tampa Bay frantically pressured the New York goal over the final stages of regulation and were rewarded for the effort, as Filppula backhanded a loose puck that trickled just past Nabokov's outstretched glove with barely enough time to spare.

"The first goal I got was a lucky one," Filppula said. "I was surprised I got the puck, but I was happy it went in. "On the second one there was a lot of guys in front of the net and I just stayed out of the pile hoping the puck would make its way out and to me."

Filppula struck again as the Lightning's initial shooter in the deciding phase, though Nielsen tied it by beating Bishop glove-side with a backhand try to open the second round. Kucherov got Nabokov to open his pads and put Tampa Bay back ahead, however, and Bishop sealed it by closing off the left side on John Tavares' chance.

"When you play the right way for 57 minutes and you don't get the result, it's frustrating, especially the way that happened tonight," said Okposo.

Bishop came up with 12 saves, including a point-blank stop of Josh Bailey on a breakaway, to keep the contest scoreless after one period. The Islanders cashed in on a power-play opportunity just moments into the second, however, to break the deadlock.

With Thomas Vanek setting a successful screen in front, Okposo wound up and fired a screaming point shot that made its way in just 11 seconds into the session.

Nabokov also had a busy opening frame in which he turned away all 13 Tampa Bay chances, then later helped kill off a New York penalty early in the third that maintained the Isles' one-goal edge.

New York was able to gain some breathing room just past the midway mark of the final period, when Michael Grabner started a 2-on-1 with Nielsen that ended with the latter ripping a shot over Bishop's right shoulder with 9:39 to go.

Game Notes

Tampa Bay stopped a three-game losing streak in the series and had gone 0-4-1 over its last five visits to Nassau Coliseum. The Lightning's most recent win there came on Nov. 17, 2010 ... Tampa Bay improved to 5-1 in shootout games this season ... The Islanders fell to 0-16-5 when scoring less than three times ... Nielsen's goal was his first in 13 games since last scoring Nov. 19 at Toronto ... Islanders center Casey Cizikas missed his second straight game with a broken jaw suffered in a loss at Phoenix last Thursday.

12/17 23:30:31 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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