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Islanders 4, Oilers 1

Moulson with three point performance leads Isles over Edmonton

Saturday, 12.31.2011 / 4:33 PM ET / 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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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