Isles 3, Flames 1

John Tavares with highlight reel game-winner and assist; Nabokov with 29 saves

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 10:38 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Isles 3, Flames 1

Jack Capuano’s line changes sparked the New York Islanders, as they beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum, ending a three-game losing streak.

John Tavares, playing on a line with Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson, scored the game-winning-goal in dramatic fashion just over three minutes into the third period.

Taking a pass from Okposo, Tavares burst out of the Islanders zone, streaked up the right side to the Flames goal line before corralling the puck around defenseman Chris Butler and goalie Mikka Kiprusoff.

“I think a lot of people forget that we played a lot in our first year together,” Tavares said of his new linemate. “We had a lot of success that year. Even though it’s only the first game in a long time we’ve played together, I know the way he plays.”

Former Islander Tim Jackman opened the scoring, redirecting what looked like a harmless shot from Tom Kostopoulos just over a minute into the game. After allowing the first shot, Nabokov looked sharp, stopping 29 of 30 overall, including a first period breakaway by Paul Byron keeping the Isles within one.

“He really knows how to handle any kind of situation in any game,” Tavares said. He’s definitely a stabilizer back there for us.” 

Andrew MacDonald tied the score at one with his third goal of the season early in the second period. With all eyes on a battle below the goal line, MacDonald snuck in from the point and blasted a pass from PA Parenteau past Kiprusoff.

“Johnny, PA, and Rollie did a good job of scrumming it up down low and PA picked the puck out of the pile,” MacDonald said. “I noticed their forwards weren’t paying attention, there was a lot of area open down the middle and he did a great job of putting it on my stick.”

Despite a brief brouhaha at the end of the first, both teams played a disciplined game. The Isles went 0-1 on the power play and killed off two Calgary opportunities. 

Brian Rolston scored the empty-netter to ice the game for the Isles. With two assists, Parenteau kept his spot atop the Isles scoring lead and is the first to score 30 points (6g/24a).

The Isles wrap up 2011 against the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 31, the same day the team will induct Ken Morrow into the Islanders Hall of Fame. Puck drop is at 1 p.m. Tonight’s attendance was 14,819. 




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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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