What we learned from the Ducks' 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders

What we learned from the Ducks' 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders
Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy scores against Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier in the shootout on Tuesday. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Is this shootout still going on? One got the feeling the Ducks and New York Islanders would go through their lineups a second time in the longest shootout in Ducks history, a 14-round 3-2 loss on Tuesday.

Here's what we learned:


Shootout goals might need to get reviewed differently

Specifically, not with the small-screen handheld devices that officials were seen using to review Thomas Hickey's 12th-round goal that kept the shootout going for the Islanders.

The Ducks argued that Hickey interfered with goalie Jonathan Bernier, but it was upheld. Calls are reviewed by the NHL Situation Room in Toronto, but also by the game officials, who, in this case, were using the tiny screens to review their own call.

The Ducks were unsurprisingly upset at the verdict.

"I saw it similar to what most of the people saw," Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said. "I was under the understanding that you can't score a goal in the NHL today by pushing the goaltender's pad with the puck underneath it over the line. I guess I was proved wrong again tonight to much of our surprise."

Bernier owned up to the loss

Bernier felt as strongly as Carlyle but, to his credit, called himself out for not making more shootout saves. The Islanders responded four times to potential game-winning shootout goals by Anaheim.

"I need to come up with the big save at the right time," Bernier said. "Every time we scored, they found a way to score. I need to make sure I stay patient and wait for them to make that first move. I think a couple times I was overreacting before they even made a move."

Ondrej Kase was impressive … and tormented

The Ducks rookie hit the goal post twice, including late in the third period, in his attempt at his first NHL goal. He did score in the seventh round of the shootout and it would have been the game winner but Nikolay Kulemin scored in the ensuing Islanders attempt.

Kase is playing mostly because of an injury to Joseph Cramarossa, but he's shown speed and skill lately and was quite noticeable Tuesday.