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Flames 4, Islanders 2

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 1:09 AM / News
By Greg Picker
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Flames 4, Islanders 2
Despite a goal and an assist each from John Tavares and Matt Moulson, the Islanders fell 4-2 to the Calgary Flames in asplit-squad preseason game at Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.

REGINA, Sask. – Despite a goal and an assist each from John Tavares and Matt Moulson, the Islanders fell 4-2 to the Calgary Flames in asplit-squad preseason game at Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano summed up the loss by giving plenty of credit to the opposition.

“They played better than us tonight. They got more bodies and pucks to the net than we did,” said Capuano.

A largely uneventful first period was highlighted by a fight 1:59 into the opening frame between Islanders Brett Gallant and Calgary’s Brian McGrattan. Gallant finished last season with 202 PIM’s for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the 9th most in the American Hockey League.

The second period ultimately is where the Flames carried the play, finishing the period with a 4-1 lead.

Calgary’s 2013 sixth overall pick, Sean Monahan opened the scoring 1:01 into the second, beating Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on his glove side.

Monahan then found himself in the penalty box just over 30 seconds later when he was called for boarding. The Islanders captain, John Tavares took advantage of the power play. After Flames goaltender Karri Ramo denied Moulson twice from the slot, Tavares tapped home a rebound from the right side of the crease. Forward Colin McDonald picked up the secondary assist.

The tie score was short-lived as the Flames regained the lead just over three minutes later and would tack on two more goals before the end of the middle frame.

“We didn’t do the little things that help you win games,” said Tavares. “We’re going to have to be better at getting bodies to the net and creating turnovers the rest of the preseason. We understand that those are parts of the game that are going to have to be there if we’re going to be successful.”

The Islanders managed to tally once in the third period as the three-time 30-goal scorer, Moulson, scored his first of the preseason. This time it was Tavares providing the primary assist as Moulson stood in the slot redirecting the captain’s pass from the right faceoff circle.

“We had a few good power plays and as the game went on I thought our line did good things,” said Tavares. Summer acquisition, Pierre-March Bouchard, played on the right wing of Moulson and Tavares.

It won’t be long until the Islanders have an opportunity to fix the mistakes from Regina. The Islanders will play their first full-squad preseason game on Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ against the Devils.


New York Islanders
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard
18 Ryan Strome - 29 Brock Nelson - 27 Anders Lee
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton - 28 Johan Sundstrom - 59 Brett Gallant

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey  - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
55 Aaron Ness - 52 Joe Finley

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
35 Ken Reiter

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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