The Lightning and their high-flying offense hadn’t been shut out all season. The Islanders blanked them for 65 minutes, but it still wasn’t enough.
Victor Hedman scored the only goal in a shootout Friday night to lift Tampa Bay past host New York 1-0 after both goaltenders put on a spectacular display in regulation and overtime.
Hedman beat Thomas Greiss on the first attempt for the league-best Lightning.
The Islanders had a power play at 3:23 of overtime when Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov was called for cross-checking but couldn’t convert.
Greiss and Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy put on a save-for-save clinic before the shootout. Greiss made 41 saves and Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots. Vasilevskiy turned away three more during the shootout.
The Islanders, who lead the Metropolitan Division, came in having won of 15 of their previous 19 games, including five of six heading into the All-Star break and their subsequent bye week.
“There was a little bit of a playoff-feel type of game with the No. 1 team in the league coming to your building,” Islanders captain Anders Lee said.
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Capitals 4, Flames 3: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal with 57 seconds left, and host Washington shook off the absence of suspended star Alex Ovechkin to end a seven-game losing streak. Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 37 goals, received a one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star Game. Nic Dowd, Tom Wilson and Dmitrij Jaskin had Washington’s other goals.
Hurricanes 5, Golden Knights 2: Jordan Martinook scored the go-ahead goal in his first game since signing a contract extension, and Carolina beat host Vegas. Nino Niederreiter, Brett Pesce and Sebastian Aho also scored, and Justin Faulk added an empty-netter with 49 seconds remaining. Shea Theodore scored twice for Vegas, which has lost five of seven.
Predators 4, Panthers 1: Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and visiting Nashville scored all its goals in the third period. Kevin Fiala and Roman Josi also found the net for the Predators. Juuse Saros made 27 saves as the Predators won their third straight game. Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.
Penguins 5, Senators 3: Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel each scored twice to lead host Pittsburgh past Ottawa. Teddy Blueger got his first NHL goal and Casey DeSmith stopped 37 shots as the Penguins won their second straight after losing four of their previous five. Bobby Ryan and Mikkel Boedker both scored power-play goals, and Matt Duchene scored on a breakaway for the Senators.
Red Wings 3, Maple Leafs 2: Danny DeKeyser scored 2:40 into overtime, lifting host Detroit over Toronto. Dylan Larkin scored a tie-breaking goal on a power play with 6:27 left in the third and former Sharks center Patrick Marleau had a goal to make it 2-all with 2:19 remaining in regulation.
Blackhawks 7, Sabres 3: Patrick Kane had two goals and two assists to surpass the 900-point plateau in leading visiting Chicago past Buffalo. Kane capped the victory with an empty-net goal. Kane extended his point streak to 10 games, in which he has nine goals and 16 assists.
Stars 3, Wild 1: Tyler Seguin scored two goals in the final eight minutes, lifting Dallas over visiting Minnesota. The Stars won their third in a row and stopped the Wild’s three-game winning streak.
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