Tavares Tallies Two as Isles Weather Hurricanes, 4-3
The Islanders could not have rebounded from their 5-1 loss on Thursday night better than they did last night. The Hurricanes came to the Island 22-24-11, and they would start goaltender Cam Ward for the 51st time this season.
The first period would start off with a bang; two minutes in, Kyle Okposo would get on the board for the Islanders with a nice shot to the top corner. Great for Okposo, a guy who hasn’t had the year he’s wanted to have at all, but now any goal he scores is a big one.
Kevin Poulin would be strong in this first period until a two on one for the Hurricanes resulted in a goal from Brandon Sutter. A beautiful play all around ties the game at 1.
Second period now at the Coliseum; 15 seconds in, Jiri Tlusty would tally number 14 on the season to give the Canes the 2-1 lead early in the period. The Islanders knew it would be a battle from this point on.
Four minutes later, John Tavares would score one of his “start at the red line and go to the net” goals to tie it up. Tavares’ 23rd was a beauty. Four minutes after that, the Islanders would go to a powerplay; and who else but Mr. Special Teams, Frans Nielsen would put the Islanders ahead.
Jaroslav Spacek, who was acquired earlier in the season from the Canadiens, would tie the game at 3…and that’s where the period will end.
Cam Ward did not lead the Canes onto the ice for the third however. Justin Peters, the Canes backup goalie did. Ward was diagnosed with a lower body injury or from what I heard from the guy reporting for Fox Sports Carolina, a pulled groin.
Justin Peters would get welcomed really quick…38 seconds in to be exact, as John Tavares would score his second of the game, only this one from his behind to put the Isles on top 4-3. From then, it was up to Kevin Poulin, and he did what needed to be done. The Isles held on to win 4-3.
What a huge win for the Islanders in a time where they really needed one. But let’s talk about P.A. Parenteau. He tallied 2 more assists tonight, shattering his previous career high in points (53). If the Islanders want to make a playoff run, they cannot trade P.A.. It’s as simple as that.
The Islanders take on the Senators tomorrow in a President’s Day matinee, another huge game for both teams. Hopefully the Isles can go on a nice run and gain some more momentum in the standings.
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