NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Colorado
(Tuesday, February 10th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 1, Colorado 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Rick DiPietro made 36 saves, while Philippe Sauve turned aside all but one of the 36 shots he faced, as the New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche skated to a 1-1 tie at the Pepsi Center.
Mariusz Czerkawski scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who are 4-1-2-1 in their last eight games.
Paul Kariya recorded his first goal in 12 games for Colorado, which has earned a point in 10 straight contests overall (5-0-3-2).
Earlier Tuesday, the Avalanche received bad news when they learned that All- Star defenseman Rob Blake will be sidelined indefinitely with a hairline fracture of his left leg.
Tied at 1-1 in the third period, DiPietro provided late-game heroics, stopping several great Colorado scoring chances. The best opportunity for the Avs came with just over a minute to play in regulation. Joe Sakic fed the puck to Peter Forsberg, who was all alone in front, but DiPietro stuck out his left pad and made the stop.
"He (DiPietro) made some great saves," said Islanders head coach Steve Stirling. "He was on top of his game...and in control."
In the extra session, the young netminder made a tremendous save on Steve Konowalchuk to help preserve the tie. A defensive breakdown by the Islanders allowed Konowalchuk to gain control while all alone in front. DiPietro, out of position, spun around and sprawled out to stop the wrister by Konowalchuk, who had the entire open net available to him.
"Instead of taking my time, I just shot it," said Konowalchuk. "He (DiPietro) played great...but we are not satisfied with this game."
Sauve stopped five shots in overtime.
"We worked hard to get this point," added Stirling.
Colorado opened the scoring in the early portion of the second period on a controversial goal. Sakic fired a shot from the top of the right circle, with both Konowalchuk and Kariya bearing down on DiPietro. The save was made, but the puck sat in the crease. Konowalchuk then fell on the New York goaltender and Kariya, who was sliding into the crease, appeared to put the puck into the net with his skate inadvertently.
After a lengthy review by the video replay cameras, the goal was allowed after the replay judge was unable to determine if Kariya used a kicking motion to put the puck in because his skate was underneath the pad of DiPietro. Kariya was credited with his seventh tally of the campaign.
The Islanders tied the contest at one apiece on the power play just under two minutes later. After Colorado blueliner Adam Foote was sent to the penalty box for a high-sticking minor, the puck came to Czerkawski behind the net to the right of Sauve.
Czerkawski was then able to bank the puck off the pad of Sauve and it caromed into the goal for his 17th marker and a 1-1 tie at 3:07.
The Avalanche are 16-8-3-1 at home this season...The Isles, who are 6-2-3-1 over their last 12, have now scored a power-play goal in four straight games...The contest marked the 500th career game for Islander Dave Scatchard...Colorado forward Travis Brigley left in the first period with a bruised shoulder and did not return...Colorado finished scoreless on six power-play chances, while the Islanders were 1-for-3 with the extra skater.
02/11 01:00:06 ET