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11/18/2006 12:06:21 AM


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Islanders coach Ted Nolan has joined the list of coaches unhappy with the officiating.

Dmitry Afanasenkov scored the lone shootout goal in the seventh round, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past New York 3-2 on Friday night.

The Lightning, who took an early two-goal lead, did not have a penalty. The Islanders received three minor penalties, including two in the opening four minutes of play.

''When eyeballs are closed, I guess,'' Nolan said when asked about the last time he had a game without a power play. ''I'm not too sure. There were a few penalties out there, but they missed the calls. It's one of those things. They had a no-hitter.''

Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella had expressed his displeasure with the officials after a 3-1 loss to Montreal on Wednesday, saying afterward ''for the most part this year, I think the refs have done a pretty good job. But tonight, to me, was an absolute horror show, both ways.''

''They got all the calls tonight,'' Nolan said. ''I guess you complain, you get the calls. They complained pretty good in the papers the last couple of days, and we didn't get any calls our way. But to fight back from 2-0, especially against a team like this, you have to be happy about that.''

Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist, who stopped 29 shots in regulation, didn't allow a goal during the shootout. He earlier made a glove save on an in-close shot by Viktor Kozlov with 42.8 seconds left in the third.

''He was rock solid,'' Tortorella said. ''I thought he made some huge saves at key times. We were flat for a good 25, 30 minutes of that hockey game after a good start.''

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