Valtteri Filppula helped the Tampa Bay Lightning steal a win from the New York Islanders last night, as he scored two goals in the final three minutes of action. With the Isles up 2-0 with time winding down, Filppula made things interesting by scoring a goal at the 17:07 mark.
New York still had the lead, yet they couldn’t hang on as time expired. A mad netmouth scramble ensued as the clock wound down, and Filppula was able to score again with only 3.8 seconds left on the clock.
New York’s defense style on the play was questionable at best…
— Daniel Friedman (@DFriedmanWFAN) December 18, 2013
And Tampa was able to capitalize on the fact that all the Islanders players were laying down on the ice by scoring a goal to force overtime. New York seemed dismayed during the extra period, and weren’t able to get it done in the shootout either. John Tavares slammed his stick in frustration as he left the ice, and the Islanders now have one win in their last 10 contests.
That leaves the team at 9-19-7—12 points out of a playoff spot.
Meanwhile, the Lightning continue to find impressive ways to win despite being without Steven Stamkos.