Live Updates - Islanders vs. Flames
Running feed of Thursday's game between the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames.
Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 6:30 PM ET / News
New York Islanders
New York Islanders vs. Calgary Flames
Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NYNote: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.
3:12 - NYI PP (Ladislav Smid - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PP 0-3
4:33 - Lubomir Visnovsky gets two minutes for holding and the teams are set to play four-on-four.
6:31 - NYI GOAL! Calvin de Haan ties the score with a wrister from the top of the circle. Traffic in front, but the shot cleanly beats Berra. Score tied 2-2.
14:28 - CGY goal. Matt Stajan sneaks a sharp-angled shot through Nabokov and the Flames take a 3-2 lead with 5:32 to play. Calgary leads 3-2
16:51 - NYI PP (Jiri Hudler - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PP 0-4
17:44 - Isles burn their timeout.
4:00 - Tavares' stick is slashed in half on a back-door play. No score four minutes into the second.
8:06 - NYI PP (Joe Colborne - Two Minutes Interference) Isles PP 0-for-2
14:15 - CGY goal. Sean Monahan opens the scoring on the Flames' ninth shot. Monahan gets a handle on the puck in a scramble at the hashmarks and sends it upstairs on Nabokov. Calgary leads 1-0.
17:01 - CGY PP (Thomas Hickey - Two Minutes Holding the Stick) Isles go on their first PK.
18:08 - CGY PP goal. Dennis Wideman comes in off the point, takes a feed from Backlund and goes high glove on Nabokov. Calgary leads 2-0.
19:53 - NYI GOAL! Calgary native Thomas Hickey joins the rush and puts the Islanders on the board with 6.1 seconds left in the second period. Isles get some life going into the second intermission. Islanders trail 2-1.
END OF 2ND PERIOD: Flames 2, Islanders 1. Shots are 22-11 Isles.
4:18 - Frans Nielsen works down low, feeds Michael Grabner out front, but Reto Berra stops him in close. No score just over four minutes in.
9:15 - Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo skate in on a two-on-one rush. Vanek's shot hits Berra and bounces towards the goalline, but a Flames defender swats it out.
9:44 - NYI PP (Matt Stajan - Two Minutes Holding the Stick) Isles head to their first power play.
11:44 - Stajan is out of the box and the Isles PP is 0-for-1
15:00 - Islanders lead shots 10-3 with five minutes to play in the first period.
17:23 - NYI PP (Mikael Backlund - Two Minutes Holding) Isles PP 0-1
19:23 - Backlund goes free and the Isles power play drops to 0-2.
END OF 1ST PERIOD: No Score. Islanders lead shots 11-5.
Isles Starters: Vanek-Tavares-Okposo, de Haan-Donovan, Nabokov in net.
Flames Starters: Galiardi-Byron-McGrattan, Russell-Butler, Berra in net.
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
12 Josh Bailey - 29 Brock Nelson - 13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
44 Calvin de Haan - 46 Matt Donovan
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
24 Jiri Hudler - 11 Mikael Backlund - 22 Lee Stempniak
13 Michael Cammalleri - 23 Sean Monahan - 8 Joe Colborne
17 Lance Bouma - 18 Matt Stajan - 54 David Jones
39 T.J Galiardi - 32 Paul Byron - 16 Brian McGrattan
7 T.J. Brodie - 5 Mark Giordano
4 Kris Russell - 44 Chris Butler
3 Ladislav Smid - 6 Dennis Wideman
29 Reto Berra
37 Joni Ortio
Tonight the Islanders and Flames meet for the first time since Dec. 29, 2011, when the Isles beat the Flames 3-1 at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders are 5-1-0 in their last six against Calgary, but the Flames have overhauled their roster over the past two years and familiar faces such as Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff have since departed.
Despite sitting near the bottom of the stacked Pacific Division, the Flames have played well as of late. Prior to Tuesday’s 2-0 shutout loss in Montreal, Calgary had won five in a row, including wins over Chicago, San Jose and Minnesota.
What the Flames roster lacks in star power, it more than makes up for in work ethic and grit. President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke’s signature is all over the Calgary roster, with heavyweights (such as the 6’4”, 235 lbs. duo of Kevin Westgarth and Brian McGrattan) sprinkled throughout the lineup. Expect a tight-checking, hard-hitting game from the prairie boys.
Lineup Notes: Nabokov in goal. No changes to the forwards from Tuesday's win. Scratches on defense are game-time decision. #Isles
Nabokov Starts: Evgeni Nabokov will make his fourth straight start tonight against the Flames. Nabokov is coming off a 22-save shutout over the Capitals on Tuesday.
Vs. the Flames: The Islanders are 5-1-0 in their last six against the Flames and have won the last three meetings at the Coliseum.
Hamonic Out: Travis Hamonic continued to skate with the team, but will not dress for tonight’s game. Head coach Jack Capuano said he was a possibility for Saturday.
Penalty Kill: The Islanders penalty kill has been perfect over the last five games, killing 14 straight penalties in that span, including six against the Washington Capitals Tuesday night. The Islanders have killed 23-of-25 penalties over a nine-game span.
Home Comes to Hickey: Calgary native Thomas Hickey will play his hometown team for the first time tonight. Hickey said he wasn’t sure what the most exciting part would be, but said the familiarity of the jersey and the team makes this a special game for him. He also welcomed the chance to talk to the Calgary media and catch up on life back home.
Hickey: [Calgary’s] a really big town but it’s actually a small town especially in the hockey community. I recognize a lot of those people and I follow how they’re doing. I think they sort of do the same when they know people are from Calgary.
From the Coach: They obviously have a back end that transitions real well with Wideman, Brodie, Russell and Giordano they get up in the play and we will see that tonight…So I wouldn’t particularly say it’s just one guy they’ve got like every other system they want that fourth man attacking and they’ll have that tonight.
Hot Flames: Flames captain Mark Giordano had his nine-game point streak (4g/6a) snapped Tuesday in Montreal, but is still one of the hottest Flames on the ice. The offensive-minded defenseman has nine goals and 19 assists in 38 games this season and should surpass his career-high of 11 goals, should he stay healthy the rest of the way. Giordano is also responsible in his own end, with a team-high plus-three rating this season.
Top Scorer: Jiri Hudler leads the Flames with 42 points (18g/24a) in 56 games this season. The Czech forward needs 15 points in the final 26 games of the season to match his career-high (57), set in the 2008-09 season.
Berra Starts: Reto Berra will start for the Flames tonight. Berra is 7-15-2 this season with a 3.11 GAA and a .894 SV%.