TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sami Salo scored in the 13th round of a shootout to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
The shootout was tied at 4 through 12 rounds before Salo put a backhander past Evgeni Nabokov. Ben Bishop preserved the win by making a glove save on Johan Sundstrom.
Ryan Callahan had two goals for the Lightning, who trail Montreal by two points for second place in the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay, 6-0-4 in its last 10 games, has two games in hand on the Canadiens.
The Islanders got goals from Ryan Strome and Matt Donovan. Right wing Kyle Okposo, who has a team-best 27 goals and 69 points, was a late scratch.
All three games between the teams this season were decided in a shootout, with the road team winning the first two.
Callahan pulled the Lightning even at 2 on his second goal of the game, coming on a rebound 5:50 into the third.
Donovan put the Islanders up 2-1 while lunging forward in the slot at 9:17 of the second. It stopped the defenseman’s 39-game goal drought.
After Callahan redirected Radko Gudas’ shot past Nabokov just 29 seconds into the second, Strome put a shot past Bishop to tie it at 1 at 1:33.
New York had a short-handed goal by Travis Hamonic from center ice waved off due to an offside call in the second. Hamonic stole an errant long-range pass from the corner by Bishop and put the puck into the vacated net.
The Islanders failed to score during a 5-on-3 power play early in the third.
Tampa Bay came up empty on a power play that covered the final 69 seconds of overtime.
NOTES: Tampa Bay C Valtteri Filppula had an assist to extend his point streak (10 assists, 14 points) to 10 games. … The Islanders recalled forward John Persson on an emergency basis from Bridgeport of the AHL. Persson, selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, made his NHL debut.
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