NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at NY Islanders
(Friday, March 19th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Minnesota 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Blake posted his second career hat trick to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win over Minnesota at Nassau Coliseum.
Rick DiPietro made 16 saves for the Islanders, who earned their third straight victory in the series and their third win in the last four games overall. They lead idle Buffalo by six points for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
"We had to kick it in gear," said Blake, a Moorhead, Minnesota native with a seven-game point streak, the longest in the NHL. "We need the guys that can score to step up."
Andrew Brunette scored for the Wild, who had a seven-game unbeaten streak snapped (4-0-3). Dwayne Roloson stopped 21 shots.
Moments after Minnesota's Richard Park had an uncontested wrist shot stopped by a sliding DiPietro, Blake put the Islanders ahead 1-0.
He scored on a high wrist shot from the right faceoff circle with 4:53 left in the first period.
Blake put New York ahead 2-0 with 7:08 to play in the second period. He carried the puck through the right faceoff circle and scored a shorthanded tally on a wrist shot.
Just over three minutes into the third period, the Wild got within 2-1. Alexandre Daigle sent a pass from the left circle to Brunette, who tipped the puck past DiPietro from the slot.
Roloson turned away nine shots in the third, but his teammates couldn't force overtime despite six shots on DiPietro, who turned away four of them in the waning seconds.
"We didn't get a lot of shots," Minnesota head coach Jacques Lemaire said. "But I think we had enough good chances to win the game. We just looked bad on the power play."
Blake completed his hat trick, the first of the season for the Islanders, on an empty-net goal with a second to go.
"It was a great feeling to do so well against Minnesota," Blake said. "I know a lot of friends and family were watching."
Janne Niinimaa, Dave Scatchard and Michael Peca each had an assist for New York, which went 0-for-5 on the power play...The Wild, who went 0-for-5 with the extra skater, had a five-game road unbeaten streak snapped (2-0-3).
03/19 23:43:51 ET