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Tampa Bay Lightning loses to New York Islanders 3-2 in OT

TAMPA — Mike Murphy, the NHL's vice president of hockey operations, said the 10-minute video review during the Lightning's game Thursday night with the Islanders was one of the longest he has experienced.

"No question it's disappointing it took that long," Murphy said.

Think, then, how Tampa Bay felt after the review, done in the league's Toronto offices, gave New York a 3-2 overtime victory on Matt Moulson's goal 1:56 into overtime at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The review overturned the on-ice ruling that goaltender Dan Ellis made a stupendous, behind-the-back, swatting glove save of a floating puck.

It also took some of the focus off that Tampa Bay (4-1-1), did not hold a 2-1 lead built on Sean Bergenheim's breakaway goal in the first period and Marty St. Louis' goal 4:44 into the second.

The Lightning got a point for the regulation tie, but it was little consolation.

"I don't know how they saw it cleanly," Ellis said of the video review. "When it takes that long, you would think it would go the other direction, but obviously they saw something we haven't yet.

"From my vantage point, (the puck) did not look in, but maybe they freeze-framed a few different ones at the same time and saw it inside my glove. I have no idea."

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said the NHL got it right: "I saw it from the side angle. It looked like the right call."

Said Islanders coach Scott Gordon: "Our video coordinator told us on the bench that he saw it and thought it was 100 percent in."

But 10 minutes for the review?

"We were pretty sure after three minutes," Murphy said, "but we wanted to get all the replays."

He said a side view from New York's MSG Network showed the puck floating over the line before Ellis swatted it away. See it at

"We're disappointed it took that long," Murphy said. "But once we started, we wanted to make sure we got it right. That's the most important thing. We waited to see if there was a better replay, a clearer one."

And because the NHL is beholden to replays provide by entities televising the game — in this case, MSG and Sun Sports — Murphy and his crew waited as the crowd at the Times Forum booed in impatience.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher was more upset with his players.

"We didn't come out in the first period, and that's all I was worried about," he said. "We didn't skate, we weren't first on the puck, we didn't battle, half our bench wasn't there. It's unacceptable."

Especially unacceptable was how the Lightning failed, getting one shot, during a two-minute five-on-three power play with the score tied 2-2 in the second.

As for the length of the video review, Boucher said it did not bother him. "If it did, then I'm not doing my job."

Islanders 1 1 0 1 3
Lightning 1 1 0 0 2

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Grabner 2 (Niederreiter, Weight), 2:15. 2, Tampa Bay, Bergenheim 2 (Purcell, Hedman), 18:05. PenaltiesMottau, NYI (holding), 11:23.

Second Period3, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 2 (Stamkos, Lundin), 4:44. 4, N.Y. Islanders, Parenteau 2 (Wisniewski, Tavares), 10:00 (pp). PenaltiesBergenheim, TB (holding stick), 2:40; Malone, TB (roughing), 8:24; Stamkos, TB (cross-checking), 9:46; Sim, NYI (roughing), 13:38; Gillies, NYI (cross-checking), 13:38; Lecavalier, TB (tripping), 16:55.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesKonopka, NYI (boarding), 8:33; Kubina, TB (tripping), 19:52.

Overtime5, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 4 (Nielsen, Mottau), 1:56. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 11-8-4-2—25. Tampa Bay 10-8-12-0—30. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 1 of 5; Tampa Bay 0 of 4. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, DiPietro 2-0-2 (30 shots-28 saves). Tampa Bay, Ellis 1-1-1 (25-22). A13,333 (19,758). T2:38. Referees—Rob Martell, Brad Meier. LinesmenJonny Murray, Mark Shewchyk.



at Thrashers

When/where: 7:30; Philips Arena, Atlanta

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Key stats: Lightning C Steven Stamkos has more goals (9), assists (8) and points (17) against the Thrashers than any other team. … Tampa Bay is 1-0-0 in the second of back-to-back games. … The Lightning was 3-5-2 at Atlanta the past three seasons and outscored 37-25.

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