Stars 3, Islanders 2

Poulin solid, de Haan debuts

Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 10:33 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Stars 3, Islanders 2
The New York Islanders dropped their fourth straight game Thursday night, losing 3-2 to the Dallas Stars in front of 9,288 at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders led 2-1 entering the third period, but Jamie Benn stole the lead back at 4:33, beating goalie Kevin Poulin low glove-side. Poulin, making his season debut, turned aside 26 of 29 in what was otherwise a solid outing. 

“Sometimes you just want to do too much and in that case, he caught me low glove,” Poulin said. “I was expecting a little pass on a 3-on-1. Usually there’s a pass. He got me.”

The Islanders got into penalty trouble, sending eight players to the box. Dallas converted one of six power plays, and used the extended zone time to their advantage. Loui Eriksson opened the scoring six seconds after Matt Martin left the box on a first period hooking call.  

Michael Grabner got the Islanders on the board before the end of the first, banking a Kyle Okposo cross crease pass off his skate and by Richard Bachman. The play was reviewed, but the ruling on the ice was upheld.

Kyle Okposo scores at 18:24 of the second period against Richard Bachman at Nassau Coliseum on December 15, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Isles took the lead at the end of the second period, as Okposo snuck a shot through Bachman while Marty Reasoner crashed the crease. Okposo now has goals in two of his last three games.

The Stars came out firing in the third and took advantage of another Islanders penalty. While Tim Wallace was in the box for Interference, Dallas wasted no time as Brenden Morrow tied the game ten seconds into the minor.

“It’s definitely a tough loss when you have the lead like that,” PA Parenteau said. “You are not playing your best hockey but you still have the lead. That’s something we have to get better at, playing with the lead.”

With Steve Staios and Andrew MacDonald both out with injury, Islanders prospect Calvin de Haan skated in his NHL debut.  Paired with Dylan Reese, also a recent call-up from Bridgeport, de Haan logged 13 minutes of ice time and was a plus one.

“It’s definitely a little quicker. At every level the game gets a little quicker,” said de Haan, who is in his first professional season. 

The Islanders next game is Saturday night as they take on the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Puck drop is at 8 p.m.

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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