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Isles 3, Flames 1

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

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 10:38 PM / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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