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Vasilevskiy makes 36 saves, Lightning shut out Islanders in shootout win

Greiss stops all 41 shots for New York, which extends point streak to seven

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Vasilevskiy's jaw-dropping save

TBL@NYI: Vasilevskiy makes an unbelievable save

Andrei Vasilevskiy gets across and makes an amazing save on Valtteri Filppula to keep the game scoreless in the 2nd period

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Victor Hedman scored the only goal of the shootout in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 1-0 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Friday.

Hedman had six shots on goal for Tampa Bay (38-11-2), which has scored two or fewer goals in five of its past six games. Steven Stamkos' seven-game point streak ended.

Vasilevskiy made four saves in overtime, including two during a penalty kill after Nikita Kucherov cross-checked Nick Leddy behind the Islanders net with 1:37 remaining.

 

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"We played good defensively, and they didn't have a lot in the first 10, 15 minutes," Vasilevskiy said. "It helps a lot."

Thomas Greiss made 41 saves for New York (29-15-6), which extended its point streak to seven games (5-0-2). The Islanders are 15-3-2 in their past 20 games.

Greiss, who made 16 saves in the third period, has allowed one goal in his past three starts. It was his third shutout of the season and second in his past two games.

"Both goaltenders were outstanding, they made some huge saves," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "There was some physicality in the game, there was some excitement in terms of good defensive plays and good offensive plays … a little bit of scrambly play, which happens, and the intensity on both sides."

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The Islanders were 0-for-4 on the power play, two of which came 4:03 apart during the second period. It was their first game following their mandatory five-day break after 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.

"Obviously, we had a chance in overtime," Trotz said. "We had some chances 2-on-1, they had some chances 2-on-1. Their goaltender made a couple of good saves, they made a couple of good plays on the power play. Give them a lot of credit. Your best penalty-killer is your goaltender, and both of them were outstanding tonight."

Vasilevskiy kept the Islanders off the scoreboard when he stretched across his crease to rob Valtteri Filppula's one-timer from the right face-off circle at 10:09 of the second period.

Greiss responded when he got his right pad on Brayden Point's redirection off a feed from Kucherov 1:49 into the third period to keep it 0-0.

Vasilevskiy prolonged the game when he gobbled up Josh Bailey's wrist shot from the slot 1:47 into overtime.

"He's a rock back there," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Vasilevskiy.

Hedman scored in the first round of the shootout.

Video: TBL@NYI: Hedman snaps shot past Greiss in SO

"That was a fun game to play," Hedman said. "Two great goaltenders, two good teams. It wasn't like it was lacking Grade A chances; both guys made some unbelievable saves.

"It was a tough game, physical. We felt better than obviously the last time we played these guys (a 5-1 loss at Barclays Center on Jan. 13)."

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They said it

"First of all, the atmosphere was great in the building. It was really cool to play in this building and just go through that, so I think that probably enhanced it. Two pretty darn good hockey teams going at it. It's kind of a little bit of a litmus test as you go through it, some of the teams we're playing, and it's same with them. We knew what happened the last time we played them (a 5-1 loss Jan. 13), so we were expecting a better effort from our group. We definitely got it tonight." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

 

"It was a fun hockey game. You can't ask for a better test coming out of (All-Star Weekend and the mandatory five-day) break. I think we answered the call. We came out with pretty good legs, and they had a push in the third period. I think we kind of turned a couple of pucks over. I don't think our execution was probably where it normally is, but I think that comes back pretty quickly. I think the structure in our game was still there." -- Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck

 

Need to know

Kucherov has not scored in six straight games, his longest drought of the season. … Hedman's three-game point streak ended. … Lightning defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi each had four blocked shots. … Islanders forward Anders Lee had six shots on goal. … New York is 5-1-2 at Nassau Coliseum this season.

 

What's next

Lightning: At the New York Rangers on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC)

Islanders: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (Nassau Coliseum; 7 p.m. ET; MSG+, KCOP-13, NHL.TV)

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