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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Sami Salo joked that as the shootout went on and on, one thing went through his mind: “You’ve got to tie up your skates. I might get a chance.”
“It just happened to go in,” said Salo of his first successful shootout goal, coming in his third ever attempt. “It was obviously good for us. It’s a good feeling.”
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.
“First and foremost, we got two points,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “So, that’s what we need out of the game. We’re going to have to do better than that. Give the Islanders some credit, they played really hard. Definitely, there were positives in the game, but as a whole, we’re a better 5-on-5 team than we showed tonight.”
The Islanders, out of the playoff race, 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 due to a lower body injury.
“We are trying to play hard at this point of the season, and we’re trying to get better each and every day,” Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic said. “I thought we played a pretty good game.”
All three games between the teams this season were decided in a shootout, with the road team winning the first two.
“I don’t mind them when we’re winning,” Callahan said. “When you lose them, you hate them.”
“We didn’t have our best game, but really willed a way to win,” Bishop said.
Donovan put the Islanders up 2-1 while lunging forward in the slot at 9:17 of the second. It ended the defenseman’s 39-game goal drought.
New York had a short-handed goal by Hamonic from center ice waved off due to an offside call in the second. Hamonic stole Bishop’s errant long-range pass from the corner and put the puck into the vacated net.
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