Atlanta
Thrashers
35-41-6
New York
Islanders
26-47-9

17 SOG
29 SOG
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ATL
NYI
game recap

ATLANTA 5, ISLANDERS 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:54 AM

New York Islanders


Atlanta scores five straight goals to earn victory

 
By Tom Liodice

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Game Highlights
Guerin's Goal 
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Five different Thrashers scored, as Atlanta defeated the New York Islanders, 5-1, Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum.
 
Despite the final score, Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon felt that his team outplayed the Thrashers for much of the game.
 
"We had some pretty good energy," Gordon said. "We spent almost the entire game in their zone. They had one forecheck in the beginning of the period, and our guys from my standpoint played with a lot of effort."

Bill Guerin put the Islanders on the board quickly, scoring a powerplay goal just 51 seconds into the first period for a 1-0 lead. Guerin took a cross-ice pass from Mark Streit and one-timed the puck past Atlan goaltender Johan Hedberg for his 10th goal of the season.
 
Doug Weight received a secondary assist on Guerin's goal, his 993rd career point. Weight is now just 7 points away from 1,000 career points.
 
The first period was not without its share of physical play, as Tim Jackman and Chris Thorburn dropped the gloves deep in the Atlanta zone.
 
Bryan Little tied the game up for Atlanta at 17:44 of the first period. After taking a centering pass from Garnet Exelby, Little put the puck between Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald's legs to tie the game up 1-1.
 
Ilya Kovalchuk gave Atlanta the lead at 10:04 of the second period with his ninth goal of the year. Kovalchuk snuck behind the Islanders defense after taking a pass from Marty Reasoner, and lifted the shot over Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald's left shoulder for the 2-1 Atlanta lead.
 
The Islanders best chance came shorthanded with Richard Park leading a 3-on-1 rush into the Atlanta zone. Park dropped the puck off to a trailing Tim Jackman, who was stopped by Atlanta goaltender Johan Hedberg on a one-timer. Jackman followed the puck with Herdberg out of position, and immediately center the puck to a waiting Park, who shot the puck wide of the net.
 
Blake Comeau, who was re-called to the Islanders on Saturday afternoon, thought the dynamic of the game would have changed if the Islanders could have converted some of their chances.
 
"I think we had a few unlucky bounces and a few unlucky breaks," Comeau said. "A couple of those goals go in for us it's definitely a different hockey game."
 
A few minutes later, Atlanta extended its lead to 3-1 on Eric Boulton's second goal of the year at 15:23 of the second period. Boulton took advantage of an Islanders blocked shot, and caught MacDonald out of position for the goal.
 
"In the second period, they had three scoring chances and they scored on two of them," Gordon said. "So from my standpoint, we outshot them, 22-12 after two periods, I don't think anything changed except we didn't score on our opportunities."
 
Atlanta extended their lead to 4-1 at 7:19 of the third period on an Eric Perrin powerplay goal. Perrin deflected a Jason Williams pass past MacDonald for his second goal of the season.
 
Thorburn padded Atlanta's lead to 5-1, scoring his third goal of the season at 11:03 of the third period.
 
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Tobias Enstrom:
+3, 21:29 of ice time in a strong defensive effort
2. Johan Hedberg: Stopped 28 of 29 shots
3. Ilya Kovalchuk: Goal and 2 assists
 
Slapshots: The Islanders outshot Atlanta 29-17...Every Islander registered a hit except for Mike Sillinger and Mark Streit...Brendan Witt led all Islanders with 8 hits...Both teams combined for 84 penalty minutes... Prior to the game, SHARP named Joey MacDonald as the Islanders Player of the Month for November and will donate $500 to a charity of MacDonald's choice... Saturday night's Modell's Amateur Hockey Award Winner was Ed Fisher Sr.



ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
35 Joey MacDonald
34 Yann Danis

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 44 Freddy Meyer
25 Andy Sutton - 2 Mark Streit
14 Chris Campoli - 17 Thomas Pock

Forwards
93 Doug Weight - 13 Bill Guerin - 20 Sean Bergenheim
11 Andy Hilbert - 12 Josh Bailey - 7 Trent Hunter
57 Blake Comeau - 10 Richard Park - 16 Jon Sim
28 Tim Jackman - 18 Mike Sillinger - 45 Nate Thompson
 

ATLANTA THRASHERS
Goaltenders
1  Johan Hedberg
31 Ondrej Pavelec

Defensemen
28 Niclas Havelid - 39 Tobias Enstrom
48 Boris Valabik - 7 Nathan Oystrick
6   Ron Hainsey - 2 Garney Exelby

Forwards
17 Ilya Kovalchuk - 19 Marty Reasoner - 27 Chris Thorburn
20 Colby Armstrong - 11 Eric Perrin - 14 Jason Williams
12 Todd White 10 Bryan Little 13 Vyacheslav Kozlov
36 Eric Boulton - 23 Jim Slater - 42 Joey Crabb


scoring summary
1st Period
00:51
NYI
PPG - Bill Guerin (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Streit (13), Doug Weight (19)
1 - 0 NYI
17:44
ATL
Bryan Little (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Garnet Exelby (4), Vyacheslav Kozlov (11)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
10:04
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Reasoner (5), Nathan Oystrick (3)
2 - 1 ATL
15:23
ATL
Eric Boulton (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Joey Crabb (2), Jim Slater (5)
3 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
07:19
ATL
PPG - Eric Perrin (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Jason Williams (7), Ilya Kovalchuk (16)
4 - 1 ATL
11:03
ATL
Chris Thorburn (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (17)
5 - 1 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:19
ATL
Eric Boulton  Interference against  Tim Jackman
03:56
NYI
Mark Streit  Hooking against  Jason Williams
07:19
NYI
Andy Sutton  Roughing against  Eric Boulton
07:19
ATL
Eric Boulton  Roughing against  Andy Sutton
07:19
ATL
Boris Valabik  Roughing against  Jon Sim
09:30
ATL
Joey Crabb  Hi-sticking against  Mike Sillinger
12:32
NYI
Tim Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
12:32
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Jackman
18:04
NYI
Andy Hilbert  Roughing against  Joey Crabb
2nd Period
01:45
ATL
Jason Williams  Slashing against  Andy Sutton
12:26
NYI
Sean Bergenheim  Slashing against  Tobias Enstrom
3rd Period
05:17
NYI
Trent Hunter  Hi-sticking against  Marty Reasoner
05:17
NYI
Trent Hunter  Tripping against  Marty Reasoner
07:19
NYI
Andy Sutton  Slashing against  Colby Armstrong
11:29
ATL
Tobias Enstrom  Holding against  Jon Sim
17:03
NYI
Jon Sim  Abuse of officials - bench
18:25
NYI
Andy Sutton  Cross checking against  Marty Reasoner
19:13
ATL
Jim Slater  Interference against  Freddy Meyer
19:41
NYI
Chris Campoli  Fighting (maj) against  Joey Crabb
19:41
NYI
Tim Jackman  Misconduct (10 min)
19:41
NYI
Chris Campoli  Misconduct (10 min)
19:41
ATL
Boris Valabik  Misconduct (10 min)
19:41
ATL
Joey Crabb  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Campoli
19:41
NYI
Joey MacDonald  Slashing against  Chris Thorburn
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
5-4-1
SA: 29TOI: 59:56
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 1 - 1
Joey MacDonald
SA: 17TOI: 60:00
Saves: 12EV: 8 - 12
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .706SH: 1 - 1
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