Dec 17, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) scores on New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) during the shootout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Tampa Bay Lightning won 3-2 in shootout. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

ICYMI: Valtteri Filppula Scores with 3.8 Seconds Left in the Game

If you missed Tuesday night’s game, then you missed one of the greatest come from behind victories the Lightning have seen so far this season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning was heading into the final minutes of the game against the New York Islanders down by 2. It seemed destined that we were going to lose this game. However, this is not the way that the boys from Hockey Paradise saw things.

With 2:53 left in the game, Lightning center Valtteri Filppula would interrupt a pass from Islanders center Frans Nielsen. Filppula knocked down the puck, quickly centered, and fired off a wrist shot that found the puck in the back of the net. Bolts fans rejoiced at the thought of not being shut out.

The Bolts would continue to play back and forth with what little time remained on the clock. When the clock went into the final minute of the game, Lightning fans were on the edge of their seat waiting to see if their team was going to pull a rabbit out of their hat, or more so a goal out of thin air.

With a group of people crowded in front of the net, a patient Valtteri Filppula was waiting for his opportunity. As the puck finally came loose, Filppula’s stick found a way to reach the puck, and with a mere 3.8 seconds on the clock, the puck would cross the line and the game would head to overtime.

After an overtime period that failed to produce a winner, the two teams went to a shootout.

The first person to find the back of the net for the Bolts was, wait for it…Valtteri Filppula. After another goal from Nikita Kucherov, and 2 out of three Islanders players stopped by Lightning goaltender “Big” Ben Bishop, the Tampa Bay Lightning would defeat the New York Islanders 3-2.

Whether you missed it the first time, or whether you want to watch it play out all over again, here is the last second goal from Valtteri Filppula that ultimately saved the game by sending it to overtime.


What were you thinking as that puck crossed the line? Did you scream near as loud as I did? Let us know in the comments below.


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