Chris Campoli scored the game winning goal in overtime for the Islanders, who defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3.
Campoli fired a wrist shot from the between the faceoff circles past Columbus goaltender Fredrik Norrena at 3:13 of the overtime period for the 4-3 victory. The play happened so quickly that the goal judge did not put the red light on, and play continued. Campoli got a second chance a few seconds later, firing another shot past Norrena. After reviewing the play following the game, officials credited Campoli's first attempt.
Campoli was confident that his original shot went in.
"The first one went in. I was pretty sure it went in when I shot it," Campoli said. "I saw it go inside the post so I was confident. But the puck ended up on my stick again with an open net so I thought I might as well put it in for sure."
Richard Park put the Islanders on the board first for a 1-0 lead just 3:08 into the second period. Park capitalized on a bouncing puck in front of a crowded Columbus crease and whacked it past Blue Jackets goaltender Fredrik Norrena for his first goal of the season.
Bill Guerin doubled the Islanders lead to 2-0 midway through the second period at 10:16. After serving a tripping penalty, Guerin took a Richard Park clearing attempt as he exited the penalty box and moved in on a breakaway. Guerin drew Norrena down to the ice with a fake, and slid the puck past the sprawled Columbus netminder for his fifth of the season.
Campoli gave the Islanders a 3-0 lead at 14:15 of the second period with a shorthanded goal. With Nate Thompson in the box and Columbus to be called on a delayed penalty, the Islanders kept pressure on in the Columbus zone. Following a scrum in front of the Columbus net, Campoli gathered a loose puck and fired a wrist shot over Norrena's shoulder for his first goal of the season.
Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald was strong in net during the first 40 minutes of play, stopping all 21 shots that came his way.
MacDonald's best stop of the night came 12:21 into the first period. With a faceoff deep in the Islanders zone, Fredrik Modin jumped on a loose puck and fired a quick snapshot on MacDonald. The Islanders netminder made an impressive glove save to keep the Blue Jackets off the scoreboard.
Columbus got on the scoreboard at 3:44 of the third period to cut the Islanders lead to 3-1 to put an end to MacDonald's shutout bid. Brad Methot got credit for the goal, shooting a puck in past MacDonald, who had to deal with plenty of traffic in front of the net for his second of the season.
R.J. Umberger cut the Islanders lead to one goal, scoring 4:56 into the third period to make it 3-2 Islanders. Umberger kept whacking away at a Rick Nash rebound and slid the puck past MacDonald on his third try for his second of the season.
Umberger scored his second of the game for the Jackets to tie the game 3-3. Umberger found a loose puck through a sea of skates, spun around and fired a wrist shot blocker-side past MacDonald.
After Columbus tied the game, Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon thought that MacDonald's strong play was a key in coming back for the victory.
"The thing that I liked is that he didn't have to scramble around tonight," Gordon said. "Most of the pucks hit him straight on or he caught them cleanly, especially his glove saves. Those don't get handled cleanly you're looking at scrambling to get the puck back. That in itself can be a big difference in being to get momentum back."
Despite giving up three goals in the third period for the second straight night, Gordon was happy his team found a way to break through for the win.
"We can't beat ourselves up here," Gordon said. "We can yell and scream at each other, but at the end of the day, we have to put things in the past and figure out ways to be successful in the future. And tonight wasn't the optimal way of doing it, but they found a way to do it."
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Chris Campoli – Two goals including game winner. 2. R.J. Umberger – Two goals 3. Trent Hunter– Two assists, +2
Honorable Mention: Richard Park – One goal, one assist
Slapshots: Columbus outshot the Islanders 34-29…Campoli led all Islanders with 26:21 of ice time…The Islanders outhit Columbus 19-13 with Bill Guerin leading all Isles with 5 hits…Guerin extended his goal scoring streak to three games (3 G)…Mike Comrie extended his point scoring streak to four games (5 assists)…Joey MacDonald earned an assist on Guerin's goal, his first NHL point…Monday night's recipient of the Modell's Amateur Hockey Award was Bill Alonge of Nassau County High School Hockey.
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93 Doug Weight - 13 Bill Guerin - 21 Kyle Okposo
15 Jeff Tambellini - 51 Frans Nielsen - 7 Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park - 89 Mike Comrie - 16 Jon Sim
49 Mitch Fritz - 45 Nate Thompson - 11 Andy Hilbert
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
30 Fredrik Norrena
34 Dan LaCosta
22 Mike Commodore - 8 Jan Hejda
97 Rostislav Klesla - 51 Fedor Tyutin
5 Christian Backman - 3 Marc Methot
61 Rick Nash - 18 R.J. Umberger - 20 Kristian Huselius
25 Jason Chimera - 27 Manny Malhotra - 93 Jakub Voracek
33 Frederik Modin - 19 Michael Peca - 14 Raffi Torres
40 Jared Boll - 12 Jiri Novotny - 17 Andrew Murray
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