Bolts Rally Late To Stun Islanders – Win Shootout
The Tampa Bay Lightning (20-11-3) stunned the New York Islanders (9-20-6) with two late goals including the game tying goal with 3.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
With the victory the Lightning conclude their road trip through New Jersey, Detroit, and Long Island winning two out of three games.
Entering tonight’s contest with the Tampa Bay Lightning the New York Islanders had lost six games in a row and had just a solo victory in their last 13 games going 1-9-3 in that span.
Prior to the game Lightning Coach Jon Cooper told his team not to look at the standings in preparing for tonight’s contest. “It’s a team that just struggling to find itself a little bit and we know what they’re capable of.” Cooper said. “I told out guys don’t even think of looking in the standings because this is not the team that your seeing in that spot.”
For the better part of three periods the Islanders didn’t play like a team that had struggled mightily over the past several weeks. The Islanders had built a 2-0 lead on a power play goal by Kyle Okposo  at the 0:11 second mark of the second period and then picked up their second goal when Frans Nielsen  scored on a 2-1 breakaway at 10:21 mark of the third period.
After 57 minutes it looked as if the Lightning were going to be shut out for their 5th time in the last 12 games but Valtteri Filppula  scored his 11th goal (unassisted) to cut the Islanders lead to 2-1.
Filppula wasn’t done spoiling the night for the Islanders as he scored the game tying goal with just 3.8 seconds remaining in regulation with assists to J.T. Brown  (4) and Martin St. Louis  (19).
Neither team scored in overtime and the game went into a shootout. After Lightning goals by Valtteri Filppula  and Nikita Kucherov  it was up to John Tavares  to keep the shootout alive for the Islanders but Ben Bishop  stoned him giving the Lightning the victory. (Bishop had turned away Thomas Vanek  and allowed a goal to Frans Nielsen )
Islander teammates John  Tavares  and Kyle Okposo  earned the third and second star of the game respectively but it was the Lightnings Valtteri Filppula  who was named the games number one star.
Tne Lightning return home Thursday night to take on the Nashville Predators at 7:30, the Carolina Hurricane Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and the Florida Panthers Monday at 7:30 p.m.