NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at NY Islanders
(Tuesday, December 13th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, NY Islanders 3
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik scored two goals and Marc Chouinard netted the eventual game-winner late in the second period, as the Minnesota Wild edged the New York Islanders, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum.
Alexandre Daigle picked up three assists and Wes Walz dished out two helpers for the Wild, who won for only the second time in their last eight games.
Manny Fernandez ended the contest with 32 saves in the win.
Chris Campoli, Miroslav Satan and Mark Parrish scored goals for the Islanders, who lost for the second time in their last three games. Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 22 shots in the loss.
The Islanders also lost left wing Jason Blake with a head injury midway through the third period. Blake lost his balance while skating towards a loose puck with Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster and hit his head on the ice. He was unconscious for several minutes, but regained consciousness after being helped onto a stretcher. He went to North Shore University Hospital for further examination, but does not appear to have any neck injuries.
With the game tied at 3-3 and 2.8 seconds remaining in the second period, a loose puck bounced into the slot where Chouinard quickly backhanded the disc through the legs of a stunned DiPietro for a power-play goal.
"We played hard and we moved the puck well, but we could have had a little more fore-checking in the third," said Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire.
In the third, the Isles fired 11 shots at Fernandez but couldn't find the back of the net. The best chance came with about two minutes left when Satan re- directed a shot from the point that Fernandez turned aside with a stick save.
"We didn't help ourselves on offense, and a couple of times on the power play, we made the decision to pass when the shot was there," said New York head coach Steve Stirling. "I would like to see us shoot the puck more."
The Wild took an early 1-0 lead with Willie Mitchell scoring 54 seconds into the contest. Daigle dashed into the Isles zone and left a drop pass near the blue line for Mitchell, who ripped a heavy shot past DiPietro's glove for the goal.
Minnesota grabbed a two-goal edge with Gaborik netting his sixth of the season at 7:01 of the first. Walz skated in on a 2-on-1 and flipped a saucer pass over to Gaborik, who one-timed the disc past a sliding DiPietro.
Early in the second stanza, the Islanders got on the board with Campoli scoring on a big drive from the left point.
New York then tied the game at 2-2 when Satan backhanded home a rebound in the slot for a power-play goal at 8:48 of the second.
About a minute later, Parrish's centering pass deflected off Wild defenseman Alex Henry's left skate and past Fernandez for a 3-2 Islanders lead.
Gaborik, though, netted the equalizer for the Wild by flipping a shot on goal from the top of the point that found its way through several players and DiPietro's five-hole for a power-play tally at 13:27.
Minnesota came into the game tallying two goals or less in six of its last seven outings...Daigle's three assists were a season-high. He now has sixteen on the year...The Wild went 2-for-6 with the man advantage and the Islanders were 1-for-6 with the man advantage.
12/13 23:45:19 ET