WINNING STREAK OVER AT FOUR

Thursday, 03.16.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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WINNING STREAK OVER AT FOUR
Atlanta 4, Islanders 2

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By Kerry Gwydir and Chris Botta

No one could question the Islanders' effort from the drop of the puck tonight, but they fell short in losing to the Thrashers, 4-2 tonight in Atlanta. The loss ended the Islanders' four-game winning streak.

"The approach was good, so was the battle level," said Islanders head coach Brad Shaw. "Atlanta really took it to us in the first period, but we maintained our composure and worked all night. I can't complain about the work ethic."

The gritty, banged-up Islanders had to recall Allan Rourke from Bridgeport Thursday to help patch up an already decimated lineup as Joel Bouchard missed the game with a knee injury. He is listed as day-to-day. Jeremy Colliton and Bruno Gervais also made it to Atlanta to fill in for the injured Alexei Zhitnik (broken ankle) and Arron Asham (ankle sprain).

As the Thrashers carried play in the first period, Atlanta struck first when Rick DiPietro was caught out of his net attempting to poke-check a loose puck from Marian Hossa, and the puck wound up in the net with 4:19 to go. The shorthanded goal came when Hossa poked a rolling puck past Chris Campoli, which allowed the Thrasher forward to bolt past the Islander coverage.

Atlanta made it a 2-0 game just 1:26 into the second when Atlanta's Sutton joined a rush late and ripped a shot past DiPietro from top of the slot. A feed from the right wing boards found Sutton cruising unchecked into the Islander zone.

The Islanders answered back just under two minutes later when Radek Martinek's shot from the right point was deflected past Lehtonen by Shawn Bates, who was situated in front. However, the enjoyment of the goal was short-lived as Scott Mellanby re-opened the two-goal lead at the 4:04 mark when he stuffed a follow-up of a Marc Savard shot behind DiPietro.

Alexei Yashin got into the thick of things as he brought the Isles back within one minutes later with a rocket that beat Lehtonen over the left shoulder. Allan Rourke started the play by pinching at the left point to keep the play alive. He then fed Sean Bergenheim, who found the Islander captain in the slot for his 22nd of the season to make it 3-2.

In the third period, Atlanta changed their pressing attack to a more conservative defense. The few scoring chances the Islanders had, Lehtonen was equal to the task. There was no doubt that the line of Yashin centering Bergenheim and Robert Nilsson was the Islanders' best for the second game in a row, another good sign to take out of tonight's game.

"I'm sure the coaches will go over some things so we can tighten it up in our own end," said Yashin. "We have to forget about the disappointment of this one and be ready for Tampa Bay tomorrow night."

Notes: Bobby Holik scored an empty-netter to close out the scoring...DiPietro made 36 saves...With the injuries on D, Shaw split his minutes on the blueline pretty equally. Radek Martinek led with 26:32.

 

 

ISLANDERS
FORWARDS

(10) Sean Bergenheim -(79) Alexei Yashin-(21) Robert Nilsson
(7) Trent Hunter-(16) Mike York-(81) Miroslav Satan
(15) Jeff Tambellini -(17) Shawn Bates-(55) Jason Blake
(27) Jeremy Colliton-(28) Wyatt Smith-(49) Eric Godard

DEFENSE
(38) Allan Rourke-(3) Denis Grebeshkov
(44) John Erskine-(24) Radek Martinek
(14) Chris Campoli-(12) Bruno Gervais

GOALTENDERS
(39) Richard DiPietro
(30) Garth Snow

ATLANTA
FORWARDS

(17) Ilya Kovalchuk-(9) Marc Savard-(19) Scott Mellanby
(12) Peter Bondra-(23) Jim Slater-(18) Marian Hossa
(13) Slava Kozlov-(16) Bobby Holik-(26) Ronald Petrovicky
(36) Eric Boulton-(10) Serge Aubin-(29) Brad Larsen

DEFENSE
(25) Andy Sutton-(28) Niclas Havelid
(2) Garnet Exelby-(7) Greg Devries
(44) Jaroslav Modry-(34) Shane Hnidy

GOALTENDERS
(32) Kari Lehtonen
(1) Mike Dunham

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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