The St Louis Blues came into Long Island Saturday afternoon and stole the game from the NY Islanders.
The Islanders came out fast and furious and opened the scoring at 4:01 of the first period on a goal by Thomas Vanek his 19th assisted by Kyle Okposo (32) and John Tavares (41).
Then at the 15:11 mark Kyle Okposo would score his 22nd goal of the season assisted by Thomas Vanek (28) and Thomas Hickey (11) to put the islanders up 2-0.
It was then the Blues turn to score as Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 16th at the 17:17 mark assisted by Maxim Lapierre (4) to make the score 2-1 and that’s how the period ended.
The Blues would score at the 1:17 mark of the second period on a goal by Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 17th and second of the game assisted by Alexander Steen (17) and Kevin Shattenkirk (28) to even the scoring at 2.
It was at the 3:58 mark when Matt Martin would score his 4th goal of the season assisted by Colin McDonald (4) and Casey Cizikas (7) to put the islanders on top again by a score of 3-2.
The rest of the second period went scoreless as would most of the third until at the 19:33 mark T.J. Oshie would score his 12th of the season assisted by Alex Pietrangelo (31) and Alexander Steen (18) to tie the game at 3.
The Nassau Coliseum went on to boo their team..
Islanders would score what looked to be the game winner when Steen gave Vanek a shove in the crease as a loose puck drifted near his skate then went off his blade and in. It didn’t appear that he kicked the puck in, no distinctive kicking motion was observed on any of the replays we were shown, and still the call on the ice was over turned.
“To me it’s just a terrible call,” said Vanek.
Islander coach Jack Capuano said he thought the referees made the right call on the ice.
Kevin Shattenkirk would beat Poulin glove-side and under the crossbar in the shootout to win the game for the Blues.
Poulin made 32 saves and Halak made 33.