Nielsen leads Isles past Lightning 2-1 in SO

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 9:48 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Frans Nielsen scored the only shootout goal and assisted on a second-period score by Thomas Vanek in a 2-1 victory for the New York Islanders against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Nielsen snapped a wrist shot between the pads of Ben Bishop moments after Valtteri Filppula rang a shot off the post to the right of Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin at the other end. The Islanders had a seven-game road winning streak snapped Tuesday at Florida.

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis beat Poulin from the right circle to open the scoring on a power play 5:45 into the game, capitalizing on a penalty-killing unit ranked last in the league.

The Islanders threatened to tie it while playing short-handed with six minutes left in the second period. Casey Cizikas broke in on Bishop, but Teddy Purcell interfered from behind.

Vanek pulled New York even on a power play at 18:22 of the second, taking a pass in the low slot from Nielsen and lifting it over a fallen Bishop.

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