Islanders Fly Over Jets in Shootout

For the second game in a row the Islanders took their opponent to a shootout. This time, it was the Winnipeg Jets.

The Islanders got off to a quick start when PA Parenteau put them on the board, but it would be a back and forth battle as the Jets' Nik Antropov would deflect a shot from the point to tie it up at one.

Onto the second period, Michael Grabner tapped in the rebound of a Travis Hamonic shot to give him his 10th goal of the season and the Islanders had the lead once again. But, the Jets would tally right back when Andrew Ladd slapped one past Al Montoya to tie the game at two.

That would end up being one of the last shots that Montoya would face in the game. Jets forward Evander Kane collided with the goaltender leaving Montoya down for a few minutes and ended up leaving the game. Kane was given a two minute minor for goaltender interference.

So onwards to the third period, no goals for either team and Evgeni Nabokov, who replaced Montoya, played exceptionally well for someone who hasn't played in a while.

So for the second straight game the Islanders would earn at least one point and head to overtime. During the overtime, rookie forward David Ullstrom made a check in the Islanders zone and ended up hitting his head into either the boards or the elbow of the opposing player he was trying to check. Ullstrom would leave the game and not return.

No goals in overtime so it would become shootout time. Evgeni Nabokov looked superb, stopping Blake Wheeler and Kyle Wellwood. The goals would come from PA Parenteau and Frans Nielsen for the Islanders to seal their 3-2 victory.

A solid victory for the Islanders leads them into Madison Square Garden on Thursday to take on the Rangers.

Injury Update: Islanders placed Brian Rolston on IR (Concussion). Al Montoya and David Ullstrom have been diagnosed with a concussion; they are out indefinitely.

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Brian Bock's picture

Costly price to pay for 2 points watching Ullstrom and Montoya go down with concussions. Hopefully they are back as soon as possible. Good win in a tough building to play in. Same goes for this Rangers game - they need to keep the ball rolling to climb back into the playoff race.

One question though - to anyone - how come no one can stop the great Frans Neilsen in the shootout?! It's honestly shocking to me that NHL teams don't watch more film on shootouts considering they represent an extra point in the standings if your team wins. I love the guy, but he does the same move every time - and it continues to work!