Tampa Bay Lightning beat NY Islanders in 13 round shootout

3/28/14 in NHL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Mar 27, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) makes the game winning save from New York Islanders center Johan Sundstrom (28) in the shootout at Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning won 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsTampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo had belief in himself as they faced the New York Islanders. He knew if he got the chance to make a score he would not fail to do so. So he kept thinking one thing over and over in his mind, and that was to be ready at any instant.
 
“You’ve got to tie up your skates. I might get a chance,” he kept thinking.
 
And when the time came to move it or lose it, Salo did not fail and the Lightning player proved himself in the most crucial of time. He took advantage of a shootout that allowed the Lightning to win the match 3-2. Salo said that he was really optimistic about the shot and the feeling to win a match under these tight circumstances was a really good one.
 
“It just happened to go in,” said Salo. “It was obviously good for us. It’s a good feeling.”
 
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper was happy about his own victory but commended the Islanders for putting up a great fight but it was them who emerged victorious and proved themselves to be the better team in the matchup.
 
“First and foremost, we got two points. So, that’s what we need out of the game. We’re going to have to do better than that,” Copper said. “Give the Islanders some credit, they played really hard. Definitely, there were positives in the game, but as a whole, we’re a better 5-on-5 team than we showed tonight.”
 
With the loss the Islanders dream of making it to the postseason is over. Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic said they were trying to improve in every game that they played and despite the loss he knew the team had played better than most of their games and done well. 
 
“We are trying to play hard at this point of the season, and we’re trying to get better each and every day,”
 
Hamonic said. “I thought we played a pretty good game.”
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