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Isles six-game point streak ends

Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic received questionable five-minute major penalty and ejection from the game, changing momentum of game

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 10:34 PM / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Isles six-game point streak ends
The Penguins 6-3 win over the Islanders on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum, ended the Islanders six-game point streak and the Penguins two-game losing streak. The Isles led twice in the game, but the momentum changed on five-minute major penalty and game misconduct on sophomore defenseman Travis Hamonic.

At the 7:35 mark of the second period, Hamonic was on the receiving end of disciplinary action. The call on the play was for elbowing Brooks Orpik.

Steve Sullivan checks Travis Hamonic at Nassau Coliseum on December 10, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
“You watch that replay and in my opinion, it’s a terrible call because I didn’t hit him,” Hamonic said. “That wasn’t a head check. That’s not my style of play. My style of play is not to go after anyone’s head and I didn’t in any sort of way. If you watch, I kept my elbows down. I hit him right in the stomach and he follows through with his own stick and hits himself in the forehead.”

The Penguins defenseman left the ice to get a few stitches across his forehead before returning later in the game, however the penalty forced the Isles to play with five defensemen through the remaining 32:25 of play, put the Islanders down a man for 51 seconds and then down 5-on-3 when Jason Williams left the box at 8:26.

“It was a joke (of a call),” Islanders Captain Mark Streit said. “That’s how I saw it. It’s ridiculous, but referees make mistakes too. We just have to keep working. That wasn’t the reason we lost that game, the reason we lost that game was our terrible performance.”

James Neal converted for a power play goal 18 seconds later, his second goal of the night, tying the score at three. Though Neal scored the tying goal in that span, the Islanders remained a man short for the next 3:51 and successfully killed the clock.

“The game certainly seemed to really change after that call,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “I thought we were playing pretty good up until that point. Obviously they got the two man advantage, then they had that power play for an extended period of time, it just seemed after that we were on our heels for the rest of the night, we couldn’t respond.”

Pascal Dupuis scored what would be the game-winning goal at 15:58 of the second. Matt Cooke opened the third period scoring with his seventh goal of the season, giving the Penguins a 5-3 lead. Paul Martin converted for the final score at 10:10.

“They worked harder than us,” Capuano said. “They got the victory tonight because we were second to all loose pucks, we didn’t win puck battles. We didn’t deserve to win that game. I give the (Penguins) credit, they won the battles and the territorial battle and we just turned too many pucks over.”

Marc-Andre Fleury covers the puck as Michael Grabner looks for a rebound at Nassau Coliseum on December 10, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The game started on the right path. David Ullstrom opened the scoring at 4:04 of the first with his second career NHL goal. He skated through the offensive zone and shot far side, ringing the puck off the post and into the net beating Marc-Andre Fleury glove side. Milan Jurcina gave the Isles 2-0 lead on a sniper from five feet within the blue line for a power play goal at 12:16.

Steve Sullivan got the Penguins on the board at 14:28 of the first, and with 29 seconds left in the opening period Neal’s first goal evened the score. Kyle Okposo regained the Isles lead at 2:54 of the second period, but penalties midway through the period laid claim to the Isles fate.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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