With just over three minutes to play in regulation on Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked to be headed to a 2-0 shutout loss at the hands of the last place New York Islanders. A loss would be the fifth straight against the Islanders, but Valtteri Filppula was out out to change that. With just over two minutes to play, Filppula scored the first Lightning goal and swung momentum in the team’s favor that eventually led to his game-tying goal with just 3.8 seconds left.
Although the Lightning completely stole two points from the Islanders, the team was rewarded for the constant battle and resiliency they had showed throughout this road trip. For the first time all season, the Lightning have found some stability playing away from home. Goalie Ben Bishop was stellar for the Lightning and continues to post one of the best records in the league.
At 20-11-3 on the season, the Lightning will look to continue rolling, as four of their next five games will be at home where the team has compiled one of the best records in the NHL (12-3-1). The Lightning will also hope to become healthier these next couple weeks, as defenseman Victor Hedman and scorer Tom Pyatt are expected to make their return.
For the Lightning, Tuesday night’s thrilling come from behind win could be a jump start for a successful home-stand and hopefully result in some extra points in the division standings. The Lightning will face off against many division rivals the next couple games and it will be vital for Tampa Bay to play at the highest level.