Seventh Heaven for the Islanders with 2-1 Overtime Victory over Tampa Bay
New York, NY - The New York Islanders (7-18-6) worked hard throughout Wednesday night’s hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (19-10-5) and was able to earn the 2-1 overtime victory over a solid Eastern Conference team. Jon Tavares tallied the game-winning goal at the 3:23 mark in the extra frame to lead the Islanders to the victory.
The Islanders would attempt the first shot on the game thanks to a Rob Schremp 35 foot attempt at the 2:17 mark, but the shot was stopped by Lightning keeper Dan Ellis. Then the visitors would respond for their first shot attempt in the game at the 2:46 mark as Pavel Kubina tried a 61 foot slap shot, but it was stopped by Islanders keeper Dwayne Roloson.
New York would have another good opportunity as Josh Bailey made his return to the line-up official with a shot at the 3:48 mark. Bailey would attempt a 12 foot wrist shot, but sadly that shot was saved by Ellis. Tampa Bay would then strike for their first goal on a power play opportunity. Winger Trevor Gilles would go into the sin bin for a two minute penalty for interfering with Pavel Kubina. It was then at the 11:28 mark that Islanders-killer Ryan Malone would strike.
Malone (10) connected for the first Lighting goal on a 16 foot wrist shot that was set up by Brett Clark ( 8 ) and Steven Stamkos (22). Malone has been a nightmare for the Islanders, striking for 18 goals in the 35 games played between the two teams. The Islanders would be hit with their penalty of the game at the 14:18 mark as Travis Hamonic was sent into the sin-bin for two minutes for high-sticking Stamkos.
After killing off that penalty Milan Jurcina went into the box for interfering Dana Tyrell. The Lightning were able to get good offensive opportunities as Vincent Lecavalier tried for a 45 foot slap shot, which was saved by Roloson. The backup keeper would also stop a 57 foot slap shot by Stamkos and a 55 foot wrist shot by Martin St. Louis before covering the puck for a brief pause. The Islanders were able to kill off the final two power plays, but not before the Lightning skated away with the 1-0 lead at the end of the first period of play. The Lightning also out shot the Islanders by a whopping 16-3 tally.
As the start of the second period would begin it was around the 2:48 mark that Matt Moulson would have a great tip-in opportunity, but it was stoned by Ellis. The positive momentum would continue for the Islanders as New York would gain their first power play opportunity as Nate Thompson would take a hooking penalty on Matt Moulson at the 2:48 mark. John Tavares would try for the first Islanders goal on the power play opportunity. Tavares would try for a great 16 foot snap shot at the 3:37 mark, but it was turned away by Ellis. Frans Nielsen was able to try for the second Islanders shot on the power play at the 4:32 mark on a 59 foot slap shot, but again the Islanders were denied by Ellis.
Roloson kept the Islander in the game stuffing a great breakaway opportunity by Simon Gagne at the 6:10 mark, as Gagne tried a 8 foot backhander. Tampa would continue to try to press their offensive momentum, but was unsuccessful as they were met by blocked shots, as well as missed shots.
Josh Bailey was able to make a great move to have a good opportunity eventually getting a 9 foot backhander shot at the 8:31 mark, but Ellis was able to make the skate save. Bailey was able to get himself a penalty and put the Islanders on their second power play of the night, as Victor Hedman was sent to the sin bin for the Lightning.
Matt Moulson would have two golden opportunities on the second power play at the 9:22 and 9:42 mark respectively, but both shots went wide of the net. The Islanders would get hit with two hard penalties both on Jon Tavares. Tavares who was called at the 10:10 mark for hooking Adam Hall. Just when the Islanders were able to kill off the first penalty Tavares would come out of the box and take his second penalty in the game at the 12:23 mark for high-sticking Victor Hedman, which would have the Islanders special teams back to work.
Thankfully for Islanders fans keeper Dwayne Roloson was stellar in both power play opportunities stuffing many good Tampa Bay opportunities. One of the more impressive stops was at the 17:37 mark as Vincent Lecavalier tried for a 40 foot slap shot, which would be denied by Roloson. Lightning phenom Steven Stamkos would try a 40 foot slap shot at the 12:37 mark of the second period, but Roloson was up to the task of stopping that shot, much to the delight of the 7,324 in attendance.
With 17 seconds remaining on the clock P.A. Parenteau (6) was able to get a 16 foot wrister in the five hole of Dan Ellis to tie the two teams at 1-1. Parenteau who was assisted on a sweet pass by John Tavares (9) and Andrew MacDonald (3) was able to let off a quick dart for the first Islanders goal giving the team the momentum they needed going into the third period.
Parenteau would have a great opportunity in the third period of play to try to give the Islanders the lead driving to the net on another nice pass by Tavares, but Ellis was up to the task stopping the offensive rush. Just when the Islanders had the offensive momentum Trevor Gilles would go into the sin bin for roughing Adam Hall at the 3:51 mark to send the NHL best Power Play unit back to work.
In spite of the penalty the Islanders were able to get two very good short-handed opportunities. One of the best came from Frans Nielsen was able to get a great short-handed opportunity at the 5:32 mark on a great pass from Parenteau, but the shot went wide. Nielsen would continue to grind and shoot the puck at Ellis, as at the 5:57 mark would try for a wrister that was squeezed by Ellis.
For a brief time Islanders keeper Dwayne Roloson was without a stick in the third period, but thankfully for the Islanders and their fans the Lightning was not able to get anything through to the keeper. Roloson continued to be stellar making a glove save on a wicked rising wrister at the 8:33 mark by Dominic Moore.
As the horn would sound the end of the third period the two squads would skate away needing the overtime frame to decide the winner. The Islanders now having earned points in three straight games, hoping to make it two needing a hero in the extra frame.
The Islanders would find that hero in the extra frame as John Tavares (9) would net the game-winning goal on a second chance opportunity. Grabbing his own rebounded shot, which was assisted by James Wisniewski (16) and Andrew MacDonald (4) and banging the puck home for the 2-1 victory.
Roloson who would finish the night as the first star of the game recorded 34 saves in the victory for the Islanders, while on the other side of the ice Dan Ellis had 36 saves for Tampa Bay.
New York will look to continue their positive momentum will be right back in action with a 7:00 p.m. face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.