Looking down and nearly out, the Tampa Bay Lightning found a way to fight back on Tuesday. Tampa Bay stormed back with two goals in the final three minutes from Valtteri Filppula to force overtime in a 3-2 shootout victory against the New York Islanders in front of an announced crowd of 13,618 at Nassau Coliseum. “The boys stuck with it ... but let's be honest, you are down two (goals) with four (minutes) to go, we probably stole a couple of points tonight,'' Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. Ben Bishop stopped 32 shots while allowing two or fewer goals for the 21st time in 26 starts this season. He saw his career-best shutout streak of 129 minutes, 57 seconds come to an end early in the second period. Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen scored for New York, while Evgeni Nabokov stopped 34 shots. Filppula ensured the game would get to overtime when he snapped home a wrist shot with 2:53 left in the third then hovered around the top of the crease during a goal-mouth scramble to backhand the puck past Nabokov with 3.8 seconds left in regulation. “There were a lot of guys in that pile, and I was just standing there hoping the puck would come out,'' Filppula said. “Sometimes it stays there and sometimes it comes out.'' Filppula also scored in the shootout, while Nikita Kucherov had the shootout-deciding goal, pulling off another highlight-reel attempt. Bishop stopped tow of three shooters to secure the victory as Tampa Bay snapped a four-game losing streak at Nassau Coliseum and ended the road trip with a 2-1 record to pull to 8-8-2 on the road.
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