Islanders Beat Wild in a Shootout
The Islanders headed into Minnesota to face one of the NHL's best teams, the Minnesota wild.
The Islanders had two players return from injury; one being forward Nino Niederreiter and the other being defenseman Andrew MacDonald. MacDonald being the player making the most noise last night scoring the first (and only) goal for the Isles in the second period.
But the Wild would score just one as well, but a miracle that they did not score more. The reason for them scoring only one was the reason the Islanders ultimately won this game: Al Montoya. Montoya was simply stellar last night; keeping the Wild to just a goal and shutting them out in the shootout.
It seems as if it is a ritual in an Islanders game if the defense makes mistakes. This being yet another one of those games. There were plenty of mistakes but goaltender Al Montoya was able to bail them out.
And yes, as I mentioned before, this game came down to a duel between goaltender and skater. The only player who would score in this battle would be the master of the shootout, Frans Nielsen, who seems to beat most goaltenders he faces with that "patented" backhand-top shelf move. But, he used it to claim the Islanders victory in Minnesota.
So the Islanders now head to Winnipeg with a boatload of confidence. The Isles look for two more points against a team who they have lost to back in the beginning of November. But as the Islanders know, confidence wins games and creates better team chemistry.
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