Islanders 3, Oilers 2

Travis Betts | Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 10:34 PM

Powered by multi-point performances from Kyle Okposo and John Tavares, the New York Islanders beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Thursday at Nassau Coliseum. With the victory, the Islanders improved to 3-2-2 overall and extended their streak of earning a point in every home game this season (2-0-2).

Evgeni Nabokov saved 27-of-29 shots, shutting the door for 22 saves over the second and third periods as the penalty kill enjoyed a perfect 3-for-3 effort.

“It was good to see us come away with a pretty complete game in terms of the way we have to play and how hard we have to play,” Tavares said. “Obviously we had a couple letdowns with their goals but we responded well. We have to bring it again Saturday (vs. Carolina).”

Josh Bailey put the Islanders up 1-0 with a one-timer from just outside the crease. Travis Hamonic skated down below the goal line and dished to an untouched Bailey, who converted his third goal of the season at 9:59 of the opening period.

Later in the frame, Edmonton’s Taylor Hall tied the game and put the Oilers on top with goals eight seconds apart. On the first tally, Hall took a cross-ice pass from Justin Schultz and beat Nabokov. The ensuing face off drifted back into the Islanders defensive zone, where Mark Arcobello took a long range shot from the right side. The rebound kicked out to Hall, who buried the second chance at the 16:00 mark. Hall broke Edmonton’s franchise record for quickest two goals by a single player, set by Wayne Gretzky (nine seconds) in February 1981.

The Islanders tied the game in the second period on the man advantage. Tavares found Matt Moulson near the goal line on the right side. Moulson made a one-touch pass to Okposo, who was breaking toward the goal. Okposo’s one-timer beat Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk at 4:54, tying the contest at 2-2.

The Islanders penalty kill was perfect on three straight opportunities in the second period, keeping momentum from swinging in Edmonton’s favor. Nabokov made crucial saves on Nail Yakupov and Schultz during one man disadvantage, and later made one on Arcobello that brought the crowd to its feet.

"Your goalie has to be your best player on the penalty kill,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “They seamed us quite a few times on that PK in the second period and had a couple one-timers. He made some big saves for us and really that was the turning point.”

Toward the end of the period, Tavares gave the Islanders another lead.

Okposo, skating below the goal line, found the Islanders captain between the face-off circles. Tavares stepped into his shot, beating Dubnyk top shelf.

The Islanders aggressively defended their lead throughout the final 20 minutes, taking the first 10 shots on goal of the third period and finishing with a 15-8 shots advantage in the frame.

“We want to keep going at them and be responsible with puck decisions,” defenseman Andrew MacDonald said. “There were consecutive shifts there where we were hemming them in and forwards were doing a great job cycling in deep. We made smart decisions and chipped pucks in. That's the way we need to play.”

Still holding a one-goal lead, the Islanders were awarded a power play with 1:46 remaining in regulation. Dubnyk was subsequently exchanged for an extra Oilers attacker, but neither team scored in the final moments of regulation.

The Islanders continue their home stand Saturday, Oct. 19, when the Carolina Hurricanes make their first trip of the season to Nassau Coliseum for a 7:00 p.m. start.


The Islanders out-shot the Oilers 40-29, topping the 40-shot plateau for the second consecutive game … Matt Martin led the Islanders with five shots … Andrew MacDonald led all players with 26:00 of ice time and four blocked shots … The Islanders out-hit Edmonton 2818, led by five apiece from Cal Clutterbuck and Martin … The Islanders went 1-for-5 on the man advantage, while Edmonton went 0-for-3 … Michael Grabner earned his sixth assist of the season on Tavares’ third period goal, topping his assist total from last season … Tavares has points in six consecutive games (four goals, five assists), including three multi-point efforts.

New York Islanders


40 Michael Grabner - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo

96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey

26 Matt Moulson - 16 Peter Regin - 15 Cal Clutterbuck

17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald


47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic

14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

37 Brian Strait - 46 Matt Donovan


20 Evgeni Nabokov

60 Kevin Poulin

Edmonton Oilers


4 Taylor Hall - 26 Mark Arcobello - 14 Jordan Eberle

57 David Perron - 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 64 Nail Yakupov

94 Ryan Smyth - 27 Boyd Gordon - 83 Ales Hemsky

28 Ryan Jones - 41 Will Acton - 13 Mike Brown


21 Andrew Ference - 15 Nick Schultz

5 Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

77 Anton Belov - 19 Justin Schultz


40 Devan Dubnyk

1 Jason LaBarbera

Scoring Summary
1st Period
09:59NYI Josh Bailey (3) ASST: Travis Hamonic (3), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (2) 1 - 0 NYI
15:52EDM Taylor Hall (2) ASST: Justin Schultz (5), Mark Arcobello (7) 1 - 1 Tie
16:00EDM Taylor Hall (3) ASST: Mark Arcobello (8), Jordan Eberle (4) 2 - 1 EDM
2nd Period
04:54NYI PPG - Kyle Okposo (2) ASST: Matt Moulson (1), John Tavares (5) 2 - 2 Tie
18:53NYI John Tavares (4) ASST: Kyle Okposo (4), Michael Grabner (6) 3 - 2 NYI
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
John Tavares
John Tavares
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:59
Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:57
Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:22
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:37EDM Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Matt Martin
2nd Period
03:51EDM Luke Gazdic  Tripping against  Pierre-Marc Bouchard
07:08NYI Kyle Okposo  Tripping against  Ryan Smyth
09:26NYI Travis Hamonic  Holding against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
13:56NYI Matt Moulson  Slashing against  Justin Schultz
19:56EDM Nick Schultz  Tripping against  Kyle Okposo
3rd Period
05:12EDM Jeff Petry  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:14EDM Justin Schultz  Hooking against  Michael Grabner
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/5
Faceoff Wins3322
Blocked Shots1013
Penalty Minutes106
2J. PetryD0011218:54
4T. HallL2016021:22
5L. SmidD0010017:12
14J. EberleR0110023:46
15N. SchultzD0001220:12
19J. SchultzD01-13218:10
20L. GazdicL000023:44
21A. FerenceD0000023:02
26M. ArcobelloR0214021:52
27B. GordonC00-11017:33
28R. JonesL000003:59
41W. ActonC000105:01
57D. PerronL0000017:39
64N. YakupovR0003017:34
77A. BelovD00-12016:16
83A. HemskyR00-11214:23
94R. SmythL00-15014:12
40D. Dubnyk3740.92558:41
3T. HamonicD01-10222:10
11L. VisnovskyD0002021:47
12J. BaileyR1004014:57
13C. McDonaldR000309:37
14T. HickeyD0004017:37
15C. ClutterbuckR0000011:29
16P. ReginC0003015:05
17M. MartinL0005014:24
21K. OkposoR1103217:28
26M. MoulsonL0103216:19
37B. StraitD0011012:51
40M. GrabnerR0102015:12
46M. DonovanD0013013:32
47A. MacDonaldD00-10026:00
51F. NielsenC0002018:36
53C. CizikasC0000015:52
91J. TavaresC1102017:59
96P. BouchardC0103013:07
20E. Nabokov2729.93159:58