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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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