Isles defeat Lightning in shootout
FRANS NIELSEN scored the only shootout goal and assisted on a second-period score by Thomas Vanek as the visiting New York Islanders defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning last 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.
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.
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.
Both goalies finished with 29 saves.
The Flyers host the Islanders tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.
In other games
* At Ottawa, P.K. Subban scored 23 seconds into overtime and Tomas Plekanec scored twice to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-4 win over the Senators.
* At New York, Mats Zuccarello broke up a scoreless duel when he scored with 5:58 remaining, lifting the Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots to earn his third shutout of the season and 48th in his NHL career.
Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 47 saves.
* At Sunrise, Fla., Joe Pavelski, Matt Nieto and Joe Thornton scored and Alex Stalock made 24 saves for his first career shutout and the San Jose Sharks topped the Florida Panthers, 3-0.
* At St. Paul, Minn., Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist and Darcy Kuemper had 20 saves as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1.
* At St. Louis, Trevor Lewis had a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings over the Blues, 4-1.
* At Denver, Ryan O'Reilly scored in the first period and tallied the clinching goal in the shootout as the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils, 2-1.
* At Phoenix, Antoine Vermette's power-play goal in the first period was all the Coyotes needed in a 1-0 win over Vancouver, as Mike Smith pitched a 28-save shutout.
* At Dallas, Milan Lucic scored his first goal in 10 games and assisted on another goal to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Stars. All of the scoring came in the final 20:04.
* At Calgary, Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien's first-period goals sparked Winnipeg's 5-2 win over the Flames.
* Winnipeg placed Evander Kane on injured reserve as he recovers from a lacerated hand.
* Calgary announced forward Steve Begin has decided to retire from the NHL, ending his 15-year career. The 35-year-old left wing also played with Montreal, Dallas, Boston and Nashville.
* Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos took another step forward in his comeback from a broken right shin by taking part in his first morning skate. He has been out since he was injured Nov. 11.