Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning falls to Islanders in shootout

TAMPA — It was difficult to know exactly what to make of the Lightning's 2-1 shootout loss to the Islanders on Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Coach Jon Cooper said his team played well, and there was plenty to indicate it did.

Tampa Bay gave up just three shots in the third period and, by Cooper's count, limited New York to one scoring chance in the first period and third.

It just couldn't get much going offensively.

You could say the Islanders made things difficult by not giving much time and space. But goaltender Ben Bishop put the onus on the Lightning.

"We had our chances to put them away, and we didn't," he said. "We have to put them away when we have a chance. We let them hang in there."

The bottom line is Tampa Bay (28-15-5), though it got a point for the regulation tie, lost its fourth straight home game and fell to second place in the Atlantic Division behind the Bruins.

What a strange game.

In addition to the uneven play, the lack of flow, off-the-mark passes and bouncing pucks, both teams had 30 shots, which meant Bishop and New York's Kevin Poulin each had 29 saves.

Both teams had 21 hits and won 33 of the game's 66 faceoffs. Both scored on the power play, with the Lightning's Marty St. Louis getting his 21st goal in the first and Thomas Vanek tying it with 1:38 left in the second.

And both hit posts in the third period: Victor Hedman with a backhand and New York's John Tavares with a wrist shot.

Take all that into consideration and, as Cooper said, "That one was probably fitting it came down to a shootout."

That is where the Islanders had the edge, as Frans Nielsen was the only successful shooter.

There also was that nagging feeling Tampa Bay should have done more.

"I just think there were chances we passed up," Cooper said. "Any time you get a shot on goal, there's a chance the goal­tender is going to save it. But it's the ones you don't take, that's the ones that leave you wondering.

"We had chances to score but we didn't," Cooper added. "We either missed the net or he made the save or we just made that extra pass we shouldn't have. That's why you only score one."

And that is why Bishop was frustrated.

"We had chances in the third but we can't score," he said.

"I thought we played a pretty good game, we just need to put teams away like that."

Islanders 0 1 0 0 2
Lightning 1 0 0 0 1
Islanders win shootout 1-0

First Period1, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 21 (Filppula, Johnson), 5:45 (pp). PenaltiesStrait, NYI (delay of game), 5:03; Palat, TB (holding), 7:25; Okposo, NYI (tripping), 13:50; Hedman, TB (high-sticking), 18:24.

Second Period2, N.Y. Islanders, Vanek 17 (Nielsen, Tavares), 18:22 (pp). PenaltiesMcDonald, NYI, major (fighting), 8:52; Brewer, TB, major (fighting), 8:52; MacDonald, NYI (hooking), 12:56; Purcell, TB (interference), 13:38; Hedman, TB (high-sticking), 18:17.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone.

ShootoutN.Y. Islanders 1 (Nielsen G, Vanek NG), Tampa Bay 0 (Filppula NG, Kucherov NG, Hedman NG). Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 10-13-3-4—30. Tampa Bay 12-8-8-2—30. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 1 of 4; Tampa Bay 1 of 3. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Poulin 10-13-0 (30 shots-29 saves). Tampa Bay, Bishop 23-5-4 (30-29). A18,333 (19,204). T2:42.

Lightning falls to Islanders in shootout 01/16/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 17, 2014 12:26am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs-Jaguars was NFL's lowest-rated ESPN game since 2005

    Bucs

    It is just the preseason, and it is the Jaguars, but Thursday night's Bucs-Jags preseason game earned a 1.6 rating on ESPN, which is the lowest-rated preseason game (excluding NFL Network) in 12 years, according to Sports Media Watch.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, left, talks with coach Dirk Koetter during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  2. Roberto Aguayo, Jonathan Drouin, Tim Beckham are coming for revenge

    Bucs

    Forget the Three Tenors.

    Make it the Three Terrors.

    The 2017 Unfulfilled Expectations Tour is about to hit Tampa Bay.

    From left, former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo, ex-Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and former Rays infielder Tim Beckham. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times; DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times; Getty Images]
  3. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Lucas Duda in the sixth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field on Friday.
  4. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz celebrates his Trop-record 482-foot home run in the ninth inning.
  5. Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier returns, Mallex Smith sent to Triple A

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It didn't take CF Kevin Kiermaier long to make his presence felt during his return Friday to the Rays lineup. Kiermaier pretended to have Mariners DH Nelson Cruz's first-inning line drive lined up even as the ball went past him to his right and to the wall.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) flies out in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.