Saturday, April 19, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Blues top Islanders in shootout

The New York Islanders won the game. And then they didn't.

They're still trying to figure out why.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout to give the visiting St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the Islanders on Saturday following a puzzling goal reversal call in overtime.

After T.J. Oshie tied it for the Blues with 27 seconds left in regulation, Thomas Vanek appeared to score the winner for the Islanders on the power play with 1:15 left in overtime - but the play was overturned on review at the NHL offices in Toronto.

The puck hit Vanek's skate blade and dribbled past Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, but a distinct kicking motion that usually negates goals wasn't apparent.

"I thought it was a terrible call," Vanek said. "I think we all know what a kicking motion is. My skate never elevated, it was on the ice the whole time. I don't know if it's because who we are. I think if that's Pittsburgh or some of those top teams, it's maybe a goal.

Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 home win over the Ottawa Senators. It was the third straight win for Carolina, which is 11-0-1 in its last 12 home games against Ottawa.

Christian Ehrhoff and Marcus Foligno scored short-handed goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 victory in Columbus, ending the Blue Jackets' franchise-record winning streak at eight.

Ryan Miller was almost flawless in goal for the Sabres, making 38 saves.

Sergei Bobrovsky, who came in 9-0-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in his last nine starts, had a forgettable game.

Tyler Johnson scored three goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

-Associated Press

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