Isles Inch Closer To Playoff Spot; Defeat Jets, 3-1
The Islanders were able to grab a win on their first game of their two game road trip last night against the Jets. A win in which the Islanders desperately needed considering it boosted them into 11th place, only 6 points out of a playoff spot...that's 3 wins! But let's not get carried away and let's talk about last night's game.
Evgeni Nabokov, the reliable goaltender for the New York Islanders had a fantastic game last night, stopping 37 of 38 shots faced. The only goal he let in was a goal in the first period to Chris Thorburn, his third of the season.
The Islanders then tallied a goal when a Matt Moulson slapper beat Ondrej Pavelec to tie it up. Moulson's goal was his 25th of the season, making him only five goals away from his third straight 30 goal season. A feat in which he could easily reach before the end of the season.
The Islanders took the lead within the opening minutes of the third period when a Milan Jurcina shot from the point was deflected in by P.A. Parenteau, who I will talk about a little bit later on another subject. Parenteau's 12th of the season put the Isles up 2-1.
Nabokov would hold off the Winnipeg Jets and Matt Martin would score an empty net goal, which Parenteau would assist on, to seal the Islanders victory, 3-1.
I'm going to rant now and try to be as professional as possible about it.
This season, the Islanders have received the most brutal calls this year from the refs, but last night we could've seen the worst calls ever on any player, on any team, in any season. An embellishment call to P.A. Parenteau after P.A. took a huge hit from behind into the boards, which was called. But the call to P.A. was atrocious. In addition to that call, a delay of game call to John Tavares, which was ruled out of play with no penalty by a referee. But that wasn't the end of that play, a linesman overturned the call and gave JT a two minute minor for delay of game. Just two brutal calls to add to the brutal call highlight reel of this 2011-2012 season.
Anyway, the Isles face St. Louis, a real surprise team in the NHL, tomorrow night. Hopefully the Isles could get a point out of it and head home in good shape.
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