16 December 2011
The Islanders fell to the Dallas Stars 3-2 last night after the Stars came from behind off two unanswered goals in the third period. James Bennâ€™s wrist shot 4:33 into the third period would prove to be the game-winning goal.
The Islanders were outplayed for a majority of the loss and were outshot 29-27.
In his first NHL start of the season Kevin Poulin stopped 26 of 29 shots through 58:41 of ice time. He posted a .926 save percentage in the loss. Calvin de Haan, making his NHL debut, saw 13:01 of total ice time and finished the game with a plus-1 rating.
Loui Eriksson scored midway through the first period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Michael Grabner would tie the game at one at the 16:38 mark. Grabner was on the finishing end of a pass from Kyle Okposo.
The score would remain like that until Kyle Okposo gave the Islanders their first lead of the game with less than two minutes left in the second period. Okposo entered the Stars zone and shot the puck from the left hand face-off circle. His shot found its way through Stars goaltender Richard Bachman and Okposo followed through on the play and pushed the puck over the goal line.
The lead would be short lived. 1:07 into the third period Brendan Morrow tied the game on a power play goal scored 10 seconds into the man advantage. Three minutes later Benn scored the game winner.
The Isles will take on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
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