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Blackhawks 5, Islanders 4 (SO)

The Islanders peppered the Hawks in the third period, outshooting them 23-7, while goaltender Al Montoya made 32 saves through 65 minutes in his hometown

Saturday, 12.03.2011 / 12:27 AM / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Blackhawks 5, Islanders 4 (SO)
Though the Islanders were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in the shootout, Friday night’s game at the United Center was one to record and watch a second time. It was a high-paced, high-intensity game characterized by a lot of shots on goal and high-percentage plays which gave the Islanders a chance to win.

“I thought we played one of the better games of the year,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “That’s a good hockey team. Their [defensemen] activate as good as any team that we’ve played. They gave us trouble the first period and a half. They came and they came, and they beat us up the ice. After the second period, all of a sudden, we got 12-13 quick shots on net and we were right back in it. Our guys worked hard.”

Jonathan Toews eyes the puck while being pushed by John Tavares, as Matt Moulson watches from behind during the NHL game on December 2, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Kyle Okposo gave the Islanders their initial boost with a power play goal at 4:07 of the first, but they would not hold the lead long. Andrew Brunette evened the score at 10:27. Exactly four minutes later, Matt Moulson regained the Islanders lead, but in a scoreless second period for the Isles, the Hawks took their first lead with goals from Ben Smith and Jonathan Toews, 3-2.

PA Parenteau opened the scoring 46 seconds into the third to tie the score at three, which was followed by a power play goal from Patrick Sharp.

Nino Niederreiter closed regulation scoring on the breakaway. Toews would score the only goal in the shootout for the Blackhawks win.

“[Al Montoya] made some great saves, and we got some bounces. It was a back and forth game, and in those types of situations you have to keep coming, no matter what happens. I think both teams had some sustained pressure, both goalies made some big saves. We had the lead twice, they had the lead twice, and the teams kept coming, it was pretty much a back and forth game, I thought.”

Moulson continued, “Unfortunately we only came away with one point, but it was a test of our character to keep coming back on a team like that.”

Niederreiter scored his first goal of the season at 8:55 of the third to send the game to overtime, After receiving a pass from Matt Martin upon a Blackhawks turnover through the neutral zone, Niederreiter went in on Crawford on the breakaway, put a wrist shot off through the slot at beat the Hawks netminder low blocker side.

Montoya was screened on Sharp’s power play goal through the high slot at 5:08 of the third.

Islanders started the third period down by one goal on the power play. With six seconds left with the extra man, Parenteau grabbed the loose puck bouncing through the slot and one-timed it high corner past Crawford to tie the score at three.

The Blackhawks got the best of the Isles in the second period.

As two Isles defensemen worked to cover Kane behind the net, he made a pass through the trapezoid to Smith at the corner. Montoya made the first pad save but went in for his own rebound, beating Montoya glove side at 6:41 of the second, tying the score at two.

Brent Seabrook cleared the puck on the Hawks penalty kill sending Toews battling for the puck with Milan Jurcina in Islanders defensive zone. As the puck skipped over Jurcina’s stick, Toews stole the puck and stuffed it in to beat Montoya shorthanded, which left the Islanders trailing for the first time all game with 1:19 left on the clock.

“They won the change game in the second period,” Capuano said. “We got caught out there way too long and they had extended zone time.”

Viktor Stalberg and Pa Parenteau battle for the puck next to Islanders goalie Al Montoya during the NHL game on December 2, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
To close out the first period scoring, Parenteau fed Moulson a pass inside the circle above the dot and the forward didn’t take any time with the release, sending the puck top corner over Crawford’s shoulder through traffic to take a 2-1 lead at 14:27.

Receiving a drop pass from Season O’Donnell, Brunette went in on Montoya with a quick change of direction and put the Hawks on the board at 10:27 to tie the score at one.

Set up from the blue line, Jurcina made an East-West pass to Travis Hamonic on the point, who fired off a slap shot that Crawford denied as he clung to the right post to cut off the angle and made a pad save, but Okposo skated from the circle to the paint and grabbed the rebound to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 4:07 of the first.

After placing 2 shots on goal in the second period, the Islanders put up 23 shots in the third period, outshooting the Hawks 41-36 through 65 minutes.

Al Montoya played his first game against his hometown team. With his friends and family in the crowd, he made 32 saves through 65 minutes, and is now 2-0-1 in three straight games on the road.

Montoya made a huge save from Marcus Kruger at 9:07 of the first, dropped his stick on the ice, dove from left side of net to right and swatted the puck out of the air with his blocker for the highlight reel save to keep the score 1-0 Islanders.

“This was one of the most emotional games I’ve ever been a part of,” Montoya said. “I kind of held it back, but I’m glad that one’s out of the way. It’s something I can’t describe, something I’ll never forget, but this team competed tonight.”




1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31


J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
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