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Islanders 4, Oilers 1

Moulson with three point performance leads Isles over Edmonton

Saturday, 12.31.2011 / 4:33 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Islanders 4, Oilers 1
Matt Moulson had a three-point night to end 2011 as the New York Islanders defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders jumped out to a 4-1 lead after only 24 minutes of play thanks to multi-point games from John Tavares, PA Parenteau and Moulson. Each player had a goal and an assist, with Moulson also adding a second helper.  Matt Martin scored the Islanders fourth goal, a sharp-angled shot just above the goal line.

“A little change never hurts a team,” Parenteau said of the recent line changes that took him off the Tavares line. “We did it earlier in the season and it worked out for us. It’s not bad to spread the offense out a little bit and I think we are doing a good job right now.”

The Islanders power play was sharp early on Saturday, converting their first two man-advantages. Ben Eager was penalized twice for roughing, spending a total of 78 seconds in the box as the Isles scored twice. Eager later picked up a 10-minute misconduct for an unsportsmanlike call midway through the second period. 

“We came out hard,” Tavares said. “To hold them to one goal and capitalize like we did and get on them hard is something to build off of.”

It was a rough afternoon for Devan Dubnyk, who surrendered four goals on the first nine shots. His counterpart, Evgeni Nabokov, was solid again for the Islanders, stopping 28 of 29. Nabokov, who spent his entire career in the Western Conference, got the better of both Alberta clubs on the teams’ two-game home stand.

“Last couple games, he gave us a chance to win,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said of Nabokov. “I even thought in New York in the 3-0 game, he played extremely well. He’s got a lot of confidence right now. They could have scored two or three goals in the first period alone and Nabby came up huge.”

Former Islanders defenseman Ken Morrow was honored before the game, as he was inducted into the Islanders Hall of Fame. Morrow played 10 seasons on Long Island, winning four Stanley Cups and was a part of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team. He was the second former Islander to be inducted this season, following original captain Ed Westfall on Nov. 19.

The Islanders wrapped up 2011 with two consecutive home wins, outscoring Calgary and Edmonton 7-2 Their first game of 2012 comes Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Raleigh when the team faces the Carolina Hurricanes. Today’s attendance was 13,807.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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