UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Those who weren't afraid to weather what's primed to be another tremendous snowstorm in the New York metropolitan area were treated to one heck of a hockey game on Tuesday night.
After a combined 92 shots on goal couldn't determine the winner, Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler scored in the shootout to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a thrilling 4-3 victory against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Raymond and Kesler beat rookie goalie Kevin Poulin, who put forth a dazzling performance and made 48 saves through overtime. He was bested by Roberto Luongo (38 saves), who denied PA Parenteau and John Tavares in the shootout after Rob Schremp scored in the opening round.
It was the start of a five-game road trip for the Canucks, who'll face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, and extended their franchise-record unbeaten streak in regulation to 17 games (14-0-3).
Vancouver needed only 4:58 to get on the board, as Alex Burrows tallied his ninth goal of the season. Henrik Sedin won a faceoff in the Isles' zone and sent the puck back to Daniel Sedin, who wristed one towards the net that Burrows was able to redirect past Poulin for the 1-0 lead.
The Islanders, who were outshot 20-9 in the opening period, tied the game at 15:13 of the second. One second after Jeff Tambellini's hooking penalty expired, Hillen took a pass from Blake Comeau and fired a slap shot from just inside the left point past Luongo to make it 1-1. It was Hillen's first goal in 27 games this season.
But Vancouver regained its one-goal lead with just 15.4 seconds remaining in the second period on Kesler's 24th goal of the season. Kesler, who had a hat trick against Edmonton last Friday, took a pass from Mikael Samuelsson and released a gorgeous wrist shot from the slot that beat Poulin to the far side to make it 2-1.
Tavares tied the game for the Isles via the power play 3:14 into the third period. Just 17 seconds after Kevin Bieksa went off for high sticking, Tavares one-timed Schremp's feed from the right circle past Luongo to make it 2-2. It was the second-year center's 15th goal of the season.
Comeau briefly gave the Islanders the lead when he beat Luongo with a laser from inside the right circle at 14:24. The lead lasted all of 34 seconds, as a soft wrister by Bieksa found its way through traffic and went past Poulin to quickly send the euphoric crowd into a state of disbelief.
1 - 0 VAN
1 - 1 Tie
2 - 1 VAN
2 - 2 Tie