26 October 2009
The Islanders once again fell short, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Montreal Canadians. The Isles come away with a point but it does not make up for another missed opportunity for a win because of sloppy play at crucial game moments. The Isles did have their bright spots including the outstanding effort of Jeff Tamballini and Martin Biron. Tamballini,who has been competing for his job against Rob Schremp since the start of the season dazzled many tonight as he netted the only two Islander goals.
In the first the only goal would be scored by Jaroslav Spacek who stealthily snuck up the right side of the net and wristed one home past an unaware Marty Biron giving the Habs the 1-0 lead. The Habs would out shoot the Isles 12-11 and did not allow many opportunities during the two Islander power plays.
In the second, Montreal would continue their penelty spree and they would pay for it big time. At 16:56 Max Pacioretty was sent to the box for too many men on the ice, two minutes later it would be Jeff Tamballini who manuvered his way to the front of the net and put one through the legs of Jaroslav Halak. The Isles and Habs would go into the Locker room in a one all tie setting up an interesting third period.
It would take the Canadians a mere 7:44 into the third to jump back on top as Travis Moen trickled one passed Biron to give the Habs a one goal lead. The Islanders would miss an early opportunity tie the game back up, but Bruno Gervais hit the cross bar on a shot that beat Halak. The resilient Islanders did not give up though and with 4:16 left in the period Jeff Tamballini Beat Halak again to tie the game back up, subsequently forcing an overtime. The good times did not roll into overtime though, just 1:32 on a bad defensive play by the Islanders Roman Hamrlink beat a sprawling Biron winning the game for the Canadians.
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