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Hickey's OT Game-Winner Completes Islanders Comeback at Montreal, 4-3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Travis Betts

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Hickey's OT Game-Winner Completes Islanders Comeback at Montreal, 4-3
New York Islanders 4, Montréal Canadiens 3
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Hickey
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:26
Max Pacioretty
Max Pacioretty
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:42
David Desharnais
David Desharnais
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:31

Thomas Hickey’s first NHL goal capped off a two-goal comeback as the New York Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime at Bell Centre Thursday.

On what initially appeared to be a broken play in overtime, John Tavares lost his footing in the Montreal zone but was able to poke the puck across the slot as he fell to the ice. Michael Grabner spotted Hickey at the other side of the goal for the game-winner at 3:12 of the extra period.

“Grabby got it over and I honestly just put my stick toward the net in a shooting motion,” Hickey said. “I didn’t know where the puck would be. It worked out perfect.”

“I wanted to cut to the middle, but I lost my edge,” Tavares said. “I heard Grabs yelling, so I knew he was behind me and I caught him at the last second. It was a desperation poke. I didn’t know Hicks was there. He jumped up and made a great play.”

The first goal was a long time in the making for Hickey, who was drafted fourth overall by Los Angeles in 2007.

“It probably feels sweeter with time than if I would have gotten it a while ago,” Hickey said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work, and there’s been a lot of doubt, but I stayed confident and I’m fortunate to have an opportunity to play here. To do it in this building is pretty special.”

The Islanders trailed 2-0 after one period and 3-1 late in the second, but stormed back to force overtime and eventually earn two points.

Trailing 3-2 in the third act, Frans Nielsen broke up a rush in the Islanders zone before making a long outlet pass ahead to Josh Bailey. Bailey pulled up just inside the Montreal blue line and found Nielsen in the middle. The centerman took advantage of time and space and wristed one top-shelf over Montreal goaltender Carey Price’s glove at 9:51.

The Canadiens drew first blood with a Travis Moen goal in the opening minute. A turnover deep in the Islanders zone wound up on the stick on Colby Armstrong, who fed Moen for his second of the season at the 0:49 mark.

Midway through the opening frame, Max Pacioretty doubled Montreal’s lead on the power play. PK Subban fed the puck to David Desharnais, who found Pacioretty in the slot. The winger one-timed his third of the season past Evgeni Nabokov at 11:02.

After 20 minutes, the Islanders trailed 2-0 on the score board, mustering only three shots to the Canadiens’ 14.

“The first period they struggled,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said of the defensive effort. “They got exposed quite a bit. But they regrouped. It was the toughest period for our D in a long time. We had a lot of turnovers. But overall we battled back and it was a good team win for us.”

A Lars Eller minor late in the first period overlapped into the second frame, where the Islanders scored early on the man advantage. Mark Streit’s shot from the right point tipped off Matt Moulson’s stick on its way in just 34 seconds removed from the intermission. Lubomir Visnovsky earned the secondary assist on the play.

Pacioretty netted his second of the contest seven minutes later. The Islanders defense collapsed below the goal line on Desharnais, who fed to the slot for a wide open Pacioretty in front of the net. He beat Nabokov at the 8:30, re-establishing Montreal’s two-goal cushion.

Just 25 seconds into an Islanders man advantage, Moulson’s second tally made the score 3-2. Tavares found his linemate from below the goal line, and Moulson converted the opportunity at 16:57 of the middle stanza.

Moulson’s marker made the Islanders 2-for-2 on the power play. They finished the game 2-for-4.

“I think we just pay attention to the details,” Tavares said of the power play success. “(Assistant Coach) Doug Weight does a great job breaking things down for us, and helping us understand what we need to do. Our work ethic is there, and we’ve been in the right spots, finding open seams and shooting lanes.”

Nabokov made four of his 30 saves during the third period, including a sprawling stop to rob Pacioretty of the hat trick with seven minutes remaining. With the win, Nabokov improved his record to 7-6-1 this season.

The Islanders conclude their three-game road trip Saturday when they take on the Buffalo Sabres at 7:00 p.m.

Notes: The Islanders penalty kill went 3-for-4 … Matt Moulson led all players with six shots on goal … With his 263rd consecutive game played, Matt Moulson moves past Denis Potvin and now has sole possession of third place on the franchise all-time leader board … The Islanders blocked 22 shots, including a game-high five from Andrew MacDonaldMarty Reasoner was 8-for-13 (62%) in the faceoff circle.

New York Islanders
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 10 Keith Aucoin
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 21 Kyle Okposo
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
52 Joe Finley – 2 Mark Streit
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

39 Rick DiPietro
20 Evgeni Nabokov

Montreal Canadiens
21 Brian Gionta - 14 Tomas Plekanec - 17 Rene Bourque
67 Max Pacioretty - 51 David Desharnais - 72 Erik Cole
8 Brandon Prust - 81 Lars Eller - 27 Alex Galchenyuk
20 Colby Armstrong - 53 Ryan White - 32 Travis Moen

79 Andrei Markov - 74 Alexei Emelin
26 Josh Gorges - 61 Raphael Diaz
55 Francis Bouillon - 76 PK Subban

31 Carey Price
30 Peter Budaj

scoring summary
1st Period
Travis Moen (2) ASST: Colby Armstrong (2)
1 - 0 MTL
PPG - Max Pacioretty (3) ASST: David Desharnais (5), P.K. Subban (4)
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
PPG - Matt Moulson (8) ASST: Mark Streit (5), Lubomir Visnovsky (5)
2 - 1 MTL
Max Pacioretty (4) ASST: David Desharnais (6)
3 - 1 MTL
PPG - Matt Moulson (9) ASST: John Tavares (10), Brad Boyes (9)
3 - 2 MTL
3rd Period
Frans Nielsen (2) ASST: Josh Bailey (2), Evgeni Nabokov (3)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
Thomas Hickey (1) ASST: Michael Grabner (3), John Tavares (11)
4 - 3 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
Lubomir Visnovsky  Hooking against  Rene Bourque
Lars Eller  Slashing against  Keith Aucoin
2nd Period
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Joe Finley
Joe Finley  Boarding against  Lars Eller
Joe Finley  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
David Desharnais  Holding against  Thomas Hickey
3rd Period
Ryan White  Interference on goalkeeper against  Evgeni Nabokov
Brad Boyes  Hooking against  Raphael Diaz
Tomas Plekanec  Hooking against  John Tavares
Lars Eller  Roughing against  Kyle Okposo
Kyle Okposo  Roughing against  Lars Eller
Mark Streit  Hi-sticking against  David Desharnais
Lubomir Visnovsky  Interference against  Max Pacioretty
OT Period
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 33TOI: 63:12
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 25TOI: 63:12
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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