UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The New York Islanders won the game. And then, they didn’t.
And they’re still trying to figure out why.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the Islanders on Saturday after a puzzling goal reversal call in overtime.
After T.J. Oshie tied it for the Blues with 27 seconds left in regulation, Thomas Vanek appeared to score the winner for the Islanders on the power play with 1:15 left in overtime – but the play was overturned on review at the NHL offices in Toronto.
The puck hit Vanek’s skate blade and dribbled past Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, but a distinct kicking motion that usually negates goals wasn’t apparent.
I thought it was a terrible call, Vanek said. I think we all know what a kicking motion is. My skate never elevated, it was on the ice the whole time. I don’t know if it’s because who we are. I think if that’s Pittsburgh or some of those top teams, it’s maybe a goal.
For that to be overturned is just too bad.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano wouldn’t be drawn into the controversy – but knew what he saw.
The referees made the right call on the ice, Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. Then they must have seen something in Toronto that was conclusive.
SABRES 5, BLUE JACKETS 2: In Columbus, Ohio, Christian Ehrhoff and Marcus Foligno scored short-handed goals as Buffalo ended Columbus’ franchise-record winning streak at eight.
Ryan Miller was almost flawless in goal for the Sabres, making 38 saves.
HURRICANES 6, SENATORS 3: In Raleigh, N.C., Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist to lead Carolina to its third straight win.
The win moved the Hurricanes a point ahead of the Senators in the Eastern Conference standings.
BRUINS 6, FLYERS 1: In Philadelphia, Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each had two goals, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for Boston.
Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron also had goals for the Bruins.
LIGHTNING 5, AVALANCHE 2: In Tampa, Fla., Tyler Johnson scored three goals to lead Tampa Bay.
With the Lightning leading 3-2, Johnson doubled the advantage with 5:22 remaining and then completed his first career hat trick less than 2 1/2 minutes later. The rookie center has 16 goals this season.
CAPITALS 5, CANADIENS 0: In Montreal, Alex Ovechkin returned from an injury that sidelined him two games to start a four-goal second period as Washington ended a seven-game winless run.
The Canadiens have lost four in a row and five of six.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, JETS 4, OT: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dustin Byfuglien fired a low shot past goalie Jonathan Bernier 2:44 into overtime to give Winnipeg the win.
STARS 3, PENGUINS 0: In Dallas, Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves for his second shutout in three games to lead Dallas.
Sergei Gonchar, Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley had Dallas’ goals, and Lehtonen also had an assist for the second consecutive game. The Stars have won their last three games by a combined 14-1 margin.