Jeff Tambellini starred for the Islanders tonight, scoring both of the team’s goals but the Montreal Canadiens were able to score the third and game winning goal in overtime to beat the Islanders, 3-2. Jaroslav Spacek and Travis Moen had the goals for the Canadiens. With the overtime loss the Islanders do earn a point, giving them seven this season but see their record drop to 1-4-5.
After both teams traded chances at either ends, it was Glen Metropolit doing the hard work in the near corner for Montreal and coming away with the puck. Metropolit faked as if he was going to go behind the net but instead fed a sharp back-door pass to Jaroslav Spacek who had pinched in from his right point position. Spacek one-timed a shot that Islanders' starting goalie Martin Biron did not have a chance on to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.
The Canadiens pressured late in the opening period as Travis Moen and Mike Cammalleri both had terrific scoring chances. Moen was first as he created a turnover at the top of the Islanders’ offensive zone while the Canadiens were on a penalty-kill. Moen came in alone but Biron cut the Montreal forward’s shooting angle by coming far out of his net and denying his backhand attempt. Cammalleri had a chance late in the period when a rebound came to him at the bottom of the right circle and from his knees he snapped a shot on goal. Biron was able to go post-to-post and keep the Canadiens lead to one goal after the first period of play.
Montreal’s best chance of the second period came as Montreal forward, Kyle Chipchura streaked into the Islanders’ zone from the near wing blue-line. Back-checking hard on the play was Islander fourth-liner Tim Jackman who caught the Montreal attacker, knocking him off the puck to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of the Canadiens.
Jeff Tambellini, who has been hot the last three games since returning to the lineup, evened the score at 1-1 with his second goal of the season. While on the power-play, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey were battling in the right corner and were able to chip the puck out just as Tambellini was cutting to the net. Instead of going behind the net with the puck, Tambellini drove through the crease and slid the puck through the legs of Canadiens’ starting goalie, Jaroslav Halak to tie the score for the Islanders at the 18:18 of the second period.
Montreal would regain the lead at 7:44 of the third period on a go-ahead marker from Travis Moen. Mike Cammalleri fed a centering pass to Moen in front, who was back-pedaling his way to the front of the net. As the puck came to Moen, he chipped it over the blocker of Biron and it just crossed the goal-line to give the Canadiens the 2-1 lead. Metropolit earned his second assist of the contest on Moen’s third goal of the season.
The Islanders tied the score with Cammalleri in the penalty box for delay of game, and it was Tambellini tying the score on his second goal of the game with four minutes left in the final period of regulation time. John Tavares pressured Spacek on an Islander dump-in and got the puck to Matt Moulson who was skating towards the scrum in the corner looking for the puck. Moulson turned to the net and fed a pass to Tambellini who broke to the back-post. The Islanders’ only goal-scorer of the game redirected his third goal of the season past Halak to tie the score at 2-2 and send the game to overtime.
Hamrlik won the game for the Canadiens 1:32 into the extra session. Tomas Plekanec set the play up, coming into the Islanders’ zone on a two-on-one. With Bruno Gervais retreating as the lone defenseman back, he tried to take the passing lane away but Plekanec was able to saucer a pass over the out-stretched Islander defenseman and onto the stick of Hamrlik who snapped it over Biron for the game-winning goal, his third tally of the season.
Biron played extremely well, keeping the Islanders in the game, making 28 saves on 31 shots while Halak earned the win with 29 saves. The Islanders were 2-for-7 on the man-advantage and 2-for-2 on the penalty-kill.
The Islanders will return home to begin preparing for the first meeting of the season against their cross-town rivals, the New York Rangers. Game-time is set for 7 p.m. For tickets or information about any upcoming Islander games, contact the team’s front office at (516) 501-6700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Roman Hamrlik – Scores the game-winning goal in overtime
2. Jeff Tambellini – Records both goals for the Islanders
3. Mike Cammalleri – After being named one of the NHL's 3 Stars, he scores a goal and an assist
Honorable Mention: Glen Metropolit – Assists on both Montreal goals including a hard-working play on the team’s first tally of the game
Bouncing Back: Tonight was a much better effort than the Islanders had on Thursday at the Bell Centre when they were beaten by the Canadiens by the score of 5-1. Tonight, they battled back twice to eventually earn a point from Montreal in a 3-2 OT loss.
Shut It Down: Every night the Islanders take the ice, they match-up against a highly talented team that is generally led by a top line of forwards. To stop those scoring threats, Head Coach Scott Gordon seems to have found his top shutdown defenseman in Radek Martinek who lined up against Alexander Ovechkin when the team took on the Washington Capitals and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. Martinek has also contributed offensively this season as he has two goals through the Islanders’ first nine games.
Put Me in Coach: Islander forward Jeff Tambellini played on opening night against the Pittsburgh Penguins but was a healthy scratch for Scott Gordon until he returned to the lineup on October 21 and has had an impact in each of the past four contests. During that span, Tambellini has three goals (including tonight’s two tallies) and a shootout goal in the team’s only win against Carolina on October 21.
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
15 Jeff Tambellini – 12 Josh Bailey – 57 Blake Comeau
20 Sean Bergenheim – 51 Frans Nielsen – 16 Jon Sim
11 Nate Thompson – 10 Richard Park – 28 Tim Jackman
2 Mark Streit – 24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt – 8 Bruno Gervais
25 Andy Sutton – 38 Jack Hillen
43 Martin Biron
30 Dwayne Roloson
13 Mike Cammalleri – 91 Scott Gomez – 21 Brian Gionta
46 Andrei Kostitsyn – 14 Tomas Plekanec – 40 Maxim Lapierre
32 Travis Moen – 15 Glen Metropolit – 67 Max Pacioretty
84 Guillaume Latendresse – 28 Kyle Chipchura – 36 Matt D’Agostini
44 Roman Hamrlik – 6 Jaroslav Spacek
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron – 22 Paul Mara
75 Hal Gill – 26 Josh Gorges
41 Jaroslav Halak (starter)
31 Carey Price