NHL Game Summary - Calgary at NY Islanders|
(Thursday, December 29th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Calgary 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - John Tavares scored the game-winning goal
early in the third period and added an assist, sending the New York Islanders
to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames at Nassau Coliseum.
Andrew MacDonald and Brian Rolston also scored for the Isles, while P.A.
Parenteau added a pair of assists. Evgeni Nabokov was solid in net, making
29 saves in the win as New York stopped a three-game losing streak.
Tim Jackman netted the lone goal, while Miikka Kiprusoff made 31 saves for the
Flames, who had their four-game winning streak halted.
Tavares' game-winner came at 3:20 of the final period thanks to a spectacular
individual effort from the Islander captain. He picked up the puck in his
own end, raced up the right wing, put the puck on his backhand and drove hard
to the net before cutting to the forehand and sliding the puck past Kiprusoff
from in close to give the Isles the lead for good at 2-1.
Rolston added an empty-netter with 43 seconds to play to seal the win for New
"I think we played with a lot of passion and commitment to our game tonight,"
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. "We played hard tonight. It was a game
where we really established what we try to do with our identity, which is to
get pucks deep and work back behind the goal line."
The Flames opened the scoring early, lighting the lamp just 1:11 into the game
when Brendan Morrison kicked the puck out to the neutral zone and raced up the
right wing into the offensive end. He coasted to the slot and dropped it to
Tom Kostopoulos on the right wing. Kostopoulos fired it on net and Jackman
jammed it home as he was crashing the net to give the Flames the early 1-0
New York evened things up at 3:04 of the second stanza while down a man.
Holding the puck in the left corner, Parenteau found MacDonald, who fired it
past Kiprusoff low to the glove side.
"It wasn't at the level that we wanted to play at," Flames head coach Brent
Sutter said. " I thought we made too many mistakes. It wasn't smart hockey and
we weren't good enough to win this game."
The Islanders lead the all-time series between the teams, 44-42-20...New York
improved to 3-14-2 when allowing the game's first goal...The Islanders are
13-1-7 in their last 21 home contests against Western Conference
opposition...New York failed to convert on its only power-play chance, while
the Flames went 0-for-2 with the man advantage...New York will face Edmonton
on Saturday, while Calgary will travel to Ottawa to face the Senators on
12/29 23:57:16 ET