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Islanders stay jet-fueled on road

The Isles win their fourth straight road game, beating the Jets 3-1 at the MTS Centre

Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 11:58 PM / News
By Katrina Doell
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Islanders stay jet-fueled on road
It’s been no easy feat to beat the Winnipeg Jets at home this season. In fact, only two teams have been able to win at the MTS Centre as visitors more than once. With a 3-1 win Tuesday night, the Islanders matched the Florida Panthers in this accomplishment.

The win, combined with a loss by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Calgary Flames, puts the Isles in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and only six points out of the eighth playoff spot.

The Isles have been strong on the road, and Tuesday’s win is the fourth straight outside of Nassau Coliseum; a streak the team has not matched since January 2008.

With the game-winning goal at 1:36 of the third and an assist, PA Parenteau was the game’s First Star. The two points give him 51, and he is fifth in the league in assists with 39.

“It was a great play by Rolston,” Paretneau said describing the smooth play that he was able to convert. “He found me in the soft spot in the high slot. I saw Jurcina in the corner of my eye. I gave it to him and I took a step, and I think he saw me wide open in the slot. He made a nice slapshot pass right to my tape. That was a big goal for our team.”

He nearly added a second goal on the empty net in the final minutes, but his shot went off the side of the goal, and it set up Matt Martin’s insurance tally. Parenteau found Martin coming through the slot and he  buried the puck to provide the final margin.

Matt Moulson opened the scoring for the Isles with a power play goal at 3:35 of the second period, tying the score at 1. It was his 25th of the season, making him the fist Islander since Ziggy Palffy to have three straight 25-goal seasons.

“When your special teams does its job, especially this time of year, you’re going to have success,” Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “We turned the puck over, but their clearing attempt we kept in and it was a big goal for us at a key time in the game.”

The Jets took a 1-0 lead at 17:50 of the first on a goal by Chris Thorburn. He collected a loose puck in front of the goal and beat Evgeni Nabokov to his right.

Nabokov had another strong game, and was the game’s second star, making 37 saves. He had help from strong play in the defensive zone. The Islanders blocked 16 shots and they lead the NHL with 971.

The Islanders continue the tough road trip when they head to St. Louis Thursday to take on the Blues who are 24-3-4 at the Scottrade Center.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 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 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
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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