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Stars 3, Islanders 2

Poulin solid, de Haan debuts

Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 10:33 PM / 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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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