Lightning fall in shootout loss to Islanders

11:48 PM, Jan 16, 2014   |    comments
New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) and center Alex Killorn (17) defend during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. New York Islanders defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in a shoot out. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Frans Nielsen scored the only shootout goal and assisted on a second-period score by Thomas Vanek in a 2-1 victory for the New York Islanders against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Nielsen snapped a wrist shot between the pads of Ben Bishop moments after Valtteri Filppula rang a shot off the post to the right of Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin at the other end. The Islanders had a seven-game road winning streak snapped Tuesday at Florida.

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis beat Poulin from the right circle to open the scoring on a power play 5:45 into the game, capitalizing on a penalty-killing unit ranked last in the league.

Vanek pulled New York even on a power play at 18:22 of the second, taking a pass in the low slot from Nielsen and lifting it over a fallen Bishop.

Both goalies finished with 29 saves.

Associated Press

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