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 ET / 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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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