Nick Leddy ended a marathon shootout in the 14th round on Tuesday night, giving the New York Islanders a 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.
Leddy's goal, a patient series of faked shots before going outwaiting and beating Jonathan Bernier, capped off the longest shootout in Islanders history. The Islanders won the shootout 5-4 and stayed alive four times on goals by John Tavares (4th round), Ryan Strome (6th round), Nikolay Kulemin (8th round) and Thomas Hickey (12th round).
Video: NYI@ANA: Leddy caps an Isles win in 14-round shootout
"I was just going into shoot, it was bad ice at the time and he didn't really bite on anything, so I tried to outwait him and he ended up going down," Leddy said. "It's a great start to the road trip. It's huge."
The shootout win was the Islanders first road victory of the season and started the team's three-game California road trip off on the right foot.
"This was a huge game for us," said Adam Pelech, who scored his first-career NHL goal in the first period. "Especially starting this road trip here on the West Coast. I know we're all pretty excited about that win."
Video: NYI@ANA: Greiss makes pad save on Silfverberg in OT
Tuesday's game wouldn't have made it to its tense, thrilling conclusion if not for Thomas Greiss' overtime heroics. Greiss made seven of his 39 saves in overtime, including a game-saving glove save on Jakob Silfverberg and a key pokecheck on Ryan Kesler shortly after. Greiss was solid in the shootout as well, staying sharp during the marathon session.
"He competed," head coach Jack Capuano said of Greiss, who made his first start since Nov. 1. "He knew the struggle that we were in trying to win games. We played a lot of one-goal games and he went in there tonight and competed just as hard as the other guys that dressed up front. It's good to see him get back in there… and for him to get the win."
Video: NYI@ANA: Pelech rips one-timer for first NHL goal
The Islanders didn't get off to the start they were looking for, allowing Cam Fowler's power-play goal at 1:04, but responded by scoring the next two and taking a 2-1 lead.
Pelech got the Islanders on the board with his first, hammering a point shot through Bernier at 11:51, while Josh Bailey one-timed a cross-ice feed from Tavares on the power play at 16:42.
Thanks to a pair of posts by the Ducks, the 2-1 scoreline held until midway through the third period, when Rickard Rakell one-timed a Corey Perry feed by Greiss with 10:52 to play. The Islanders couldn't convert on a late power play, giving way to a last-minute chance by Kesler that he rang off the crossbar.
Video: NYI@ANA: Bailey nets Tavares' feed for PPG in 1st
Things got a little strange towards the end of the shootout, as the officials reviewed Hickey's goal in the 12th round. Hickey was trying to stuff a backhand by Bernier's outstretched pad and it was determined that he did not interfere with Bernier's ability to make the save. After a Ryan Garbutt miss, defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Kevin Bieksa both attempted slap shots from the hashmarks, before Leddy buried the game winner in the bottom of the 14th.
"I thought we played a very good overall game," Leddy said. "We never really panicked, we knew they were going to push at the end and we stayed calm throughout it. Greiss was incredible for us."
CLUTTERBUCK LEAVES GAME:
Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) left the game in the second period and did not return.
The Islanders play the LA Kings on Wednesday night, the second of back-to-back games. Puck drop is at 10:30 p.m. ET.