Uniondale, NY -- It came down to the wire, but the Islanders held on to defeat the Canadiens last night, 4-3, at the Nassau Coliseum. The crucial win snapped the Islanders four game losing streak and is a big moral booster as the they get set to face the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins on Saturday for the second time in less than two weeks.
The first period saw the Canadiens and Islanders trade chances. John Tavares had several chances including one he shot stick side that was deflected out of play by Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj’s stick. Brian Rolston also had good opportunity on a short-handed attempt that hit the cross bar.
The most significant event to happen in the first was a groin injury sustained by Evgeni Nabokov. Nabokov made a pad save and then immediately fell forward in pain. He left the ice and did not return to the game. The Islanders brought in Rick Dipietro to play the rest of the game.
The second period is where the action picked up. 41 seconds in PA Parenteau capitalized on a puck-handling gaffe made by Budaj. He miss handled the puck allowing Parenteau to burry an easy shot to give the Islanders the 1-0 lead. Several minutes later Josh Bailey made great feed to Jay Pandolfo, who pushed the puck past Budaj to make it a two nothing game.
“Matt Martin made a good play in the defensive zone,” Pandolfo, who scored his 100th career NHL goal during the game, started off saying when asked about the play. “Then we had a three on two and Matty slide it to me and he drove to the net, that makes it all happen. Then I passed it over to Josh and Josh had great patients there and just found me on the back door.”
Mark Streit would burry the Islanders third goal of the period six minutes later. “It obviously does feel great, but the two points are way more important tonight,” Streit said when asked about scoring a goal against his former team.
The Candiens would turn the tide in the second half of the period. Max Pacioretty scored Montreal’s first goal of the night at 14:52. Eric Cole brought the Canadiens within one after Rick Dipietro was knocked to the ice and Cole was able to lift the puck right into the net.
Matt Moulson answered right back for the Islanders. Moulson through the puck on net and it found its’ way through the legs of Budaj to put the Islanders back up by two goals.
The Montréal Canadiens will make their first trip of the season to Long Island tonight to take on the New York Islanders. The biggest news about the game, there will be no snow on this time around. The Canadiens defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4- nothing last night with Michael Cammalleri, Yannick Weber, P.K. Subban, and Travis Moen all scoring. The Canadiens outshot the Hurricanes 36-25 in the win.
-The Islanders will send Evgeni Nabokov to guard the net tonight. Nabokov stoped 26 of 29 shots he faced on Tuesday against the New York Rangers and posted .897 save percentage. Overall he is 1-5 in seven starts with a goals against average of 2.89 and saver percentage of .910.
-The Islanders have scratched Kyle Okposo and Mark Eaton for the second stright game.
The Canadiens will counter that by sending Carey Price to protect the net. Price shutout the Hurricanes last night making 25 saves. He is 7-6-3 in 16 games with a goals against average of 2.29 and a save percentage of .913.
Montreal Canadiens (Expected) Lines
Test results on Calvin de Haan’s shoulder showed nothing serious according Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post. de Haan was injured on Saturday by a hit from Dan Byers of the Springfield Falcons and under went an MRI.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson doesn’t expect de Haan to play this weekend though the test results are “good news.” de Haan did not practice and according to Thompson he is “day to day.”no comments
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Updated 7:10 - Here it is the new Islanders third Jersey. Fans leave your thoughts in the comments section and tell us what you think. Good, Bad, or otherwise tell us how you feel.
The Islanders will debut the new third jersey on November 23 when they host the Flyers and then wear it again the day after thanksgiving when they take on the New Jersey Devils. Below is a complete list of dates the Islanders will wear the jersey (excludes the Flyers and Devils game):
December 10th vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
December 23rd vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
January 12th vs. Philadelphia Flyers
January 21st vs. Carolina Hurricanes
February 4th vs. Buffalo Sabres
February 20th vs. Ottawa Senators
March 4th vs. New Jersey Devils
March 13th vs. Washington Capitals
March 31st vs. Boston Bruins
April 5th vs. Winnipeg Jets
The Story line for the Islanders season continues to be that even when they play well, they cannot pull out a win. That was the case last night when the islanders lost 4-2 to the New York Rangers.
The deathblow to the Islanders came at 15:05 when Josh Bailey attempted to clear the puck out of his own zone. The attempt was cut off by Brandon Dubinsky and got the puck over to Brad Richards, who scored from the left face off circle.
“At that time of the game… when you get the puck you want to make the right play with the puck,” head coach Jack Capuano said following the game. “It was an unfortunate bounce for us and it was in the back of our net.”
The loss cannot sole be put on the shoulders of Josh Bailey, although the play was a bad giveaway in Islanders zone, but also Islanders inability to convert on the power play.
Matt Moulson scored the tying goal on the Islanders fifth power play chance, but it was the four other chances that should be looked at. The first and fourth power plays were the weakest for the Islanders, who could not generate any buzz on either chance. The second and fifth were the Islanders strongest, with Moulson scoring on the fifth power play chance. Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist robbed the Islanders during the second power play chance several times.
“I don’t know what to say,” Frans Nielsen said after the game. “It’s tough right now. I feel like we battled hard, competed hard for 60 minutes and still came up short, so it’s definitely not fun right now.”
The Islanders did play hard, they outshot the Rangers 33-30, they created chances on the 5 on 5 and came up with a huge kill late in the second period when the Rangers had a 5 on 3 power play chance. "We sacrificed ourselves on that 5-on-3," Capuano said of the Islanders penalty kill.
“We played some decent hockey,” Capuano later added. “But tonight I thought we played one of our better games of the year and obviously we came up short. if anybody that watched us play tonight I would think they thought the guys worked extremely hard. We right in the game, we did a lot of good things, but we’re not a team that scores a lot of goals right now.”
Nielsen sees the “positives from tonight’s game, but realizes the Islanders need to turn it around immediately.
“We gotta stop this bleeding now,” Nielsen said. “We can’t wait cause then it’s gunna look like last year. We don’t want to be out of it by Christmas, so we gotta turn it around right now.”no comments
Due to prior comments I did not catch the game, so a post game analysis of last night’s game would be hard to do. Below are links to post game recaps from different blogs and newspapers:
AVALANCHE 4, ISLANDERS 3 OT - Islanders Point Blank
Isles blow 3-0 lead, lose to Avs in OT - Newsday
The recap from Denver: Isles lose, 4-3 (OT) - Isles Files (Newsday blog)
Recap - Avalanche 4, Islanders 3 (OT) - Lighthouse Hockey
Mile High Meltdown- Avalanche Roll Past Islanders In Overtime - The Checking Line
Avalanche's Quincey comes through, scores game-winner against Islanders in OT - Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche "Must Win" against the New York Islanders Was Won - Mile High Hockey
The Islanders broke their six game winless streak tonight with a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Islanders get the much needed win just as they prepare for a three game road trip this up coming week.
The Islanders would fall behind in the first period when Joel Ward scored 5:24 into the game. The score would remain that way until 18:41 when Alexander Ovechkin blasted a one timer from the point to make it 2-0 Capitals.
The Islanders would cut the lead in half when Frans Nielsen was able to score a back hander through the legs of Thomas Vokoun to make it a 2-1 game. After consistently strong play through the second period for the Islanders, Brian Rolston was able to tie the game at two with a slap shot that beat Vokoun.
The Islanders strong play continued into the third period and 6:28 into the period Matt Martin scored on a rebound to give the Islanders their first lead of the night. But the Capitals responded three minutes later after Steve Staios took an interference penalty at 8:44. Less than a minute later Brooks Laich scored the power play goal tie the game back up.
The Islanders would maintain composer and continue to pressure the Caps. It eventually paid off at 18: 14 Pa Parenteau was able to push the puck into the net. Milan Jurcina shot the puck from the point and it made it’s way through the pads of Vokoun. Parenteau was there to finish the play.
John Tavares scored the empty netter to secure the win for the Islanders.
(More game breakdown after the jump)