It was defensemen Sami Salo who finally ended the highest-scoring tiebreaker in NHL history. After 13 rounds, Sami Salo took his first career shootout to give the Lightning a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
The 39-year-old deked goalie Evgeni Nabokov with a backhander to give the Lightning their fifth lead in the tiebreaker. On the other side, Ben Bishop finally ended the game by stopping Islanders rookie Johan Sundstrom.
There were a combined total of nine goals in the shootout, a new NHL record. Five goals were scored by the Lightning. This game comes in second to the fifteen rounds set by the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals back in 2005. That game was ended by Marek Malik to give the Rangers the win. Malik went on to play with the Lightning.
“This was my first shootout goal,” Salo said, “Some nights it goes in and some nights the goalie makes the save.”
During regulation, it was Ryan Callahan who scored both of the Lightning goals, and Ryan Strome and Matt Donovan who scored for the Islanders. Callahan had tied the game at 5:50 of the third period when he got a rebound from Eric Brewer for his 15th goal of the season.
The Lightning are currently 40-24-9, two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for second place in the Atlantic. The team have points in 10 consecutive games (6-0-4) and have gone past regulation in the three past games.
They visit the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
|1 TBL||Ryan Malone – Save|
|2 NYI||Ryan Strome – Save|
|3 TBL||Michael Kostka – Goal|
|4 NYI||Frans Nielsen – Goal|
|5 TBL||Ondrej Palat – Goal|
|6 NYI||Brock Nelson – Goal|
|7 TBL||Ryan Callahan – Missed|
|8 NYI||Josh Bailey – Save|
|9 TBL||Valtteri Filppula – Missed|
|10 NYI||Cal Clutterbuck – Save|
|11 TBL||Victor Hedman – Save|
|12 NYI||Matt Martin – Save|
|13 TBL||Steven Stamkos – Goal|
|14 NYI||Colin McDonald – Goal|
|15 TBL||Nikita Kucherov – Save|
|16 NYI||Anders Lee – Save|
|17 TBL||Teddy Purcell – Missed|
|18 NYI||John Persson – Save|
|19 TBL||Tyler Johnson – Save|
|20 NYI||Thomas Hickey – Missed|
|21 TBL||Matthew Carle – Goal|
|22 NYI||Casey Cizikas – Goal|
|23 TBL||Alex Killorn – Save|
|24 NYI||Mike Halmo – Save|
|25 TBL||Sami Salo – Goal|
|26 NYI||Johan Sundstrom – Save|