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Islanders fall in shootout

Milestone nights for Moulson, Tavares, and Hamonic in loss

Tuesday, 03.13.2012 / 11:07 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Islanders fall in shootout
John Tavares summarized Tuesday night’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals best:

“When we let them get a couple goals and get within one, it seemed like we tightened up,” Tavares said. “We didn’t stay on the pedal and try to finish them off.”

The Islanders seemed to have a lot working for them. They had friendly bounces, a working power play with ample opportunity, a pair of three-goal leads and even a shootout, but came out of Tuesday’s action with a single point.

Tavares reached the 30-goal mark and passed a career high in points.
Matt Hendricks completed the Capitals comeback in the fourth round of the shootout.  He avoided a poke-check to backhand the winner past Evgeni Nabokov and handed the Islanders their fourth straight loss.

“This is another one of those difficult games to digest,” Travis Hamonic said. “We were up 4-1. We can’t be having that at this point in the season. That’s all you can say.”

Much like their last three games, the Islanders started off with promise, taking advantage of two friendly bounces in the first period. Matt Moulson’s 30th goal of the season ricocheted off the glass behind the net, and hit a surprised Michal Neuvirth before crossing the goal line. Late in the first, Hamonic deflected a shot from near the goal line off the skate of John Carlson for the 2-0 lead.

Tavares then scored twice in 2:39 in the second period to reach the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career. Between goals, Mike Knuble tipped home a Dennis Wideman slap shot to put the Capitals on the board. At the midway mark of the game, the Capitals had managed only nine shots on goal.

The Islanders were poised to take a 4-1 advantage into the second intermission before Alex Ovechkin cut the deficit to two and effectively put the Capitals back in the game.

“We had this one in good control,” Moulson said. “We eased up a bit and they are a good scoring team. They put a couple in and they kept coming.”

In the third period, the Capitals wasted no time applying pressure to the Islanders, resulting in a Dmitry Orlov goal at the 1:51 mark. Midway through the period, Ovechkin one-timed a Keith Aucoin pass and pressured Nabokov for two rebounds, converting the second one for the tying goal.

“We talked about Ovechkin all night,” Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “You have to recognize who you are out against. He was able to get a couple of chances and when he did, it was in the back of the net.”

Ovechkin also scored in the shootout, along with Tavares. Islanders shootout ace Frans Nielsen hit the post after beating Neuvirth with his trademark backhand on the first attempt of the tiebreaker.

The loss cast a shadow over several Islanders accomplishments Tuesday night. Moulson’s 30th tally marked the third straight season he recorded 30 or more goals, the first Islander since Ziggy Palffy did it in the 1995-96 and 1997-98 seasons.  Tavares also set new highs in goals (30) and points (69) while Hamonic set a career high with his first three-point game. The Islanders power play went 2-5 and they were never down a man.

The Islanders play their last home game for two weeks on Thursday as they host the Philadelphia Flyers in the teams’ last meeting this season. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.




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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
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 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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