The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning traded power play goals and lots of unsuccessful chances on their way to an entertaining duel that ended 1-1 after 65 minutes. Frans Nielsen scored the lone "goal" in the shootout, beating a surprised and frozen Ben Bishop with his secondary "Forehand Five-Hole of Just-Keeping-You-Honest" shootout move.

Bishop and his counterpart Kevin Poulin were quite good through the rest of the game, however, which kept it close and exciting throughout. Thomas Vanek's second-period goal matched a first-period tally by Martin St. Louis.

The Islanders gave up the first goal of the game because that's just their thing this month. But their thing also includes overcoming that to salvage something, and while Tuesday that was just salvaging an entertaining yet futile comeback attempt against the Panthers, tonight it was a concerted push to tie it and grab the bonus point.

After a back-and-forth third period that titled the Lightning's way but didn't lack for dangerous Isles opportunities, an entertaining high-wire overtime followed. Alas, without a golden goal, it was time for laboratory breakaways.