Islanders fall in shootout

Milestone nights for Moulson, Tavares, and Hamonic in loss

Tuesday, 03.13.2012 / 11:07 PM ET / 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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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