Los Angeles
Kings
46-28-8
New York
Islanders
34-37-11

24 SOG
25 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
LAK
NYI
game recap

Kings score three in third to defeat Islanders

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 9:21 AM

Cory Wright

Three Stars of the Game
Tyler Toffoli
1st
Tyler Toffoli
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:02
Tanner Pearson
2nd
Tanner Pearson
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 9:33
Aaron Ness
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 12:56
The New York Islanders could not hold a two-goal, third-period lead and fell 3-2 to the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders held a 2-0 advantage at the second intermission, but a resilient and relentless Kings team scored three goals in the final frame, with Tyler Toffoli deflecting the winner past Kevin Poulin with 1:27 remaining.
    
“That’s two points we are going to be kicking ourselves about,” John Tavares said. “Again, we played pretty well until the third period, but every part of our game let us down… We need more complete games and we have to be better as a team.”

Slava Voynov put the Kings on the board at 5:34 of the third and Tanner Pearson tied the score with a power-play goal at 12:15, but the Kings tilted the ice right from the start of the third period, holding the Islanders to only three shots on goal.   

“They started getting confidence and started making plays,” Casey Cizikas said. “We had to do a better job of slowing them down, getting pucks in deep, finishing our checks and taking away their time and space.”

The loss put a damper on what was otherwise a special night for rookie Aaron Ness, who scored his first career NHL goal. Ness pinched on an Islanders rush and one-timed a cross-ice pass from Tavares low and to the far side, just past the reach of Ben Scrivens.  The goal was also Ness’ first NHL point and extended Tavares’ point streak to four games (1g/5a).

“Johnny made a phenomenal play, I just happened to slap it in,” Ness said.

Another Islander picked up his first goal of the season, as Cizikas put the Isles on the board with his first at 2:44 of the second. Cizikas took advantage of a favorable bounce, walking out and backhanding the puck past a sprawling Scrivens, finishing what was a gritty, hard-working shift by the fourth line.

The Islanders power play went 0-4 Thursday, while the Kings went 1-3. In goal, Poulin made 21 saves on 24 shots, while Scrivens, who started in place of an injured Jonathan Quick, turned aside 23 of 25.

The loss ended a two-game home winning streak for the Islanders, as well as a two-game home winning streak against the Kings. The Islanders are back in action Saturday night, as they host the Detroit Red Wings on Military Appreciation Night, presented by AXE.

Islanders Lines:
29 Brock Nelson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner – 16 Peter Regin – 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 46 Matt Donovan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner

60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov

Kings Lines:
23 Dustin Brown – 11 Anze Kopitar – 14 Justin Williams
74 Dwight King – 10 Mike Richards – 73 Tyler Toffoli
70 Tanner Pearson – 24 Colin Fraser – 22 Trevor Lewis
71 Jordan Nolan – 57 Linden Vey – 21 Matt Frattin

6 Jake Muzzin – 8 Drew Doughty
44 Robyn Regehr – 26 Slava Voynov
33 Willie Mitchell – 27 Alec Martinez

54 Ben Scrivens
31 Martin Jones
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:44
NYI
Casey Cizikas (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Martin (1), Cal Clutterbuck (2)
1 - 0 NYI
04:58
NYI
Aaron Ness (1) Snap shot - ASST: John Tavares (15)
2 - 0 NYI
3rd Period
05:34
LAK
Slava Voynov (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Anze Kopitar (14), Justin Williams (7)
2 - 1 NYI
12:15
LAK
PPG - Tanner Pearson (1) Snap shot - ASST: Slava Voynov (5), Linden Vey (2)
2 - 2 Tie
18:33
LAK
Tyler Toffoli (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jake Muzzin (8), Linden Vey (3)
3 - 2 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
01:47
NYI
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Jordan Nolan
01:47
LAK
Jordan Nolan  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
09:05
NYI
Casey Cizikas  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
10:33
LAK
Dustin Brown  Interference against  Peter Regin
19:05
LAK
Willie Mitchell  Holding the stick against  Colin McDonald
2nd Period
12:33
LAK
Dwight King  Interference on goalkeeper against  Kevin Poulin
14:53
NYI
Cal Clutterbuck  Charging against  Robyn Regehr
18:49
LAK
Anze Kopitar  Interference on goalkeeper against  Kevin Poulin
3rd Period
10:50
NYI
Colin McDonald  Illegal Check To Head against  Trevor Lewis
goalie stats
Ben Scrivens
Ben Scrivens
2-1-1
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0
Kevin Poulin
SA: 24TOI: 58:54
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .875SH: 2 - 2
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