27 March 2010
I guess no one told the New York Islanders that they were suppose to have thrown in the towel so the organization could get a high draft pick. The Islanders defeated the Blue Jackets for the first time ever in Columbus, helping the Isles jump from 14th to 11th in the east.
It started quickly for the Islanders scoring a goal 4:32 into the game. Kyle Okposo was able to blast a sharp angle shot passed Mathieu Garon. A minute later Sean Bergenheim redirected a shot from Tim Jackman passed Garon to make it 2-0 Islanders.
Starting the second Columbus was on the power play and just 51 seconds in RJ Umberger cut the Islanders lead to one as he netted his 21st goal of the season. The second period would also begin Columbus's comeback. In the second the Islanders were out shot 15-8.
Another early goal (33 seconds into the third) would tie the game up and give Rick Nash his 31st goal of season. A minute later, Grant Clitsome would score his first goal of NHL career to give the Jackets their first lead of the night (3-2). But the Islanders would respond three minutes later thanks to team pest and new father, Jon Sim.
The game would be forced to overtime, but didn't take long for a hero to emerge. 2:58 into OT Josh Bailey buried the game winner with the help of John Tavares and Mark Streit.
-Mark Streit lead the team in playing time with 32:29, while on the other end of the spectrum rookie Anton Klementyev was only on the ice for 6:20.
-Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves and won his 23rd game of the season.
-The Islanders beat the Blue Jackets in Nationwide Arena for the first time in franchise history.
-The Islanders jump from 14th to 11th in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the Rangers (Isles next opponent) and eight points out of the eighth spot.
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