By Mike McMahon
The shootout is often referred to as "the skills competition" by fans, and the ones who were at the Lightning-Islanders matchup at the Tampa Bay Times Forum got to see plenty of. It took 26 shooters to finally get Lightning a 3-2 win, and there was plenty of excitement to be had in the NHL's longest shootout of the season. Here's some of the highlights.
Among the nine total goals -- an NHL record most ever scored in a single shootout -- Steven Stamkos pulled out the ol' spin-o-rama move against Isles goalie Evgeni Nabokov:
While Stamkos' goal was a spectacle in and of itself, Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck received a game misconduct for chirping a little too much from the bench. Chalk that shootout ejection up as a career first.
Tampa Bay's 39-year-old defenseman Sami Salo was called to take just the third shootout attempt of his career in the 13th round, and the 15-year veteran responded, depositing the game-winning tally: