|NYI||1||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|TBL||1||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
The Tampa Bay Lightning found solace in the form of a point in the toughest of losses on Thursday night.
Following an approximate 10-minute officials review, it was determined that Matt Moulson’s shot had crossed the goal line, despite a frantic effort by Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis to swipe it out of danger, giving the New York Islanders a 3-2 victory in overtime.
“I don’t know how they saw it cleanly,” Ellis said. “When it takes that long to review, you would think it would go the other direction.”
Ellis finished the game by making 22 saves on 25 shots in just his third start of the season.
Just as Pavel Kubina’s penalty was expiring, Moulson chopped at the puck during a scramble as it eventually hopped into the air before Ellis could swipe at the puck, seemingly sweeping it off the goal line. Play continued until the 3:28 into overtime before the play was reviewed.
“Our video coordinator told us on the bench that he saw it and thought it was 100 percent in,” Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon said. “Even though it wasn’t quite a game where we put a lot of offensive pressure in the zone, there were some things that we did well and that is why we won the game.”
The win was New York’s second overtime victory in four days, while Tampa Bay, despite finding itself on the losing side, continued its success against New York in its home arena, as the Lightning picked up at least a point for the 11th consecutive game against the Islanders at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Tampa Bay also continued its unbeaten streak at home by gaining points in its last five straight games at the St. Pete Times Forum, a stretch that includes four wins dating back to the end of last season.
“We did get a point,” captain Vincent Lecavalier said. “But we’re always disappointed when we lose.”
Sean Bergenheim turned in his second goal in as many games and Martin St. Louis also scored for Tampa Bay, 4-1-1 through six games this year and currently atop the Southeast Division with nine points.
Bergenheim, who was signed as a free agent in August after spending his entire career with the Islanders, took a pass in transition near center ice from Teddy Purcell and skated down the slot before dekeing Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro and wristing one into the corner of the net to match a game-opening goal by New York’s Michael Grabner at 2:15 in the first.
“Bergenheim got a little redemption scoring that first goal,” his former head coach added.
Steven Stamkos forced a turnover and fed a pass to St. Louis, who converted and made it 2-1 at 4:44 in the second, but P.A. Parenteau drew the score even on the power play just five minutes later with his second of the season.
|Michael Grabner (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Nino Niederreiter (1), Doug Weight (5)|
1 - 0 NYI
|Sean Bergenheim (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Teddy Purcell (5), Victor Hedman (4)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Martin St. Louis (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (5), Mike Lundin (1)|
2 - 1 TBL
|PPG - PA Parenteau (2) Wrist shot - ASST: James Wisniewski (5), John Tavares (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Matt Moulson (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Frans Nielsen (4), Mike Mottau (3)|
3 - 2 NYI
|Mike Mottau Holding against Martin St. Louis|
|Sean Bergenheim Holding the stick against John Tavares|
|Ryan Malone Roughing against Zenon Konopka|
|Steven Stamkos Cross checking against Nino Niederreiter|
|Jon Sim Roughing against Matt Smaby|
|Trevor Gillies Cross checking against Matt Smaby|
|Vincent Lecavalier Tripping against Matt Moulson|
|Zenon Konopka Boarding against Ryan Malone|
|Pavel Kubina Tripping against Blake Comeau|
|SA: 30||TOI: 61:56|
|Saves: 28||EV: 21 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .933||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 25||TOI: 61:56|
|Saves: 22||EV: 19 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .880||SH: 0 - 0|
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