Simulation: DiPietro Continues To Lead Isles To Victory; Grabner Nets First Goal

Game 6, October 22, 2012, Islanders vs. Panthers

After a high scoring regulation the Islanders got past the Panthers for the second time in three games, winning in the shootout 5-4.

Starting for the third straight game Rick DiPietro played great making 34 saves in the victory and keeping the Islanders in the whole game.

Marty Reasoner started off the scoring, in the first period, netting his first goal of the season, with assists from Brad Boyes and Calvin de Haan. The Panthers came right back and got a goal from a former Islanders Sean Bergenheim.

For the first time this season Josh Bailey got into the goal column with what was his first of the season to give the Islanders the lead going into the locker room after the first period. (Photo Credit: Newsday/AP)

The second period was all Panthers, as they came out of the locker room scoring three quick goals to take a commanding 4-2 lead with time running out in the second period. It was than when Matt Moulson scored, beating Scott Clemmensen, to pull the Islanders within one going into the third period.

In the third period it didn’t take the Islanders long to tie up the game, David Ullstrom found the back of the net at the 7:23 mark and the rest of the period was scoreless so the game went into overtime.

The overtime period was the Panthers to win as the Islanders took three penalties that totaled eight penalty minutes, one was a double minor, in the extra time, giving the Panthers every opportunity to win the game. DiPietro though stopped all seven shots that the Panthers shot his way.

In the shootout Moulson and John Tavares scored for the Islanders, when Tom Fleischmann scored to keep the Panthers alive. Lubomir Visnovsky then beat the Clemmensen to secure the third straight win for the Islanders.

With the win the Islanders are now 4-2-0 and the Panthers fall to 2-3-1.

Three Stars of the Game

1.       Peter Mueller 1 g, 2 a, 3 p

2.       Calvin de Haan 0 g, 2 a, 2 p

3.       Casey Cizikas 0 g, 2 a, 2 p

Game 7, October 26, 2012, Islanders vs. Maple Leafs

A strong performance by Rick DiPietro, making 33 saves, was not enough to get the Islanders the win as they fall to the Maple Leafs at home 3-1.

The Maple Leafs jumped out to an early lead scoring first in the first period and then scoring in the second period giving them a commanding 2-0 lead going into the final period.

David Ullstrom scored his second goal in as many games, to pull the game within one goal with 10 minutes left to play. But the Islanders weren’t able to beat James Reimer and Phil Kessel scored an empty net goal in the final minute to secure the win for the Maple Leafs. (Photo Credit: AP)

DiPietro has played great for the Islanders since taking over for Evgeni Nabokov when he was injured and because of that Coach Jack Capuano will keep riding the hot hand. The Islanders suffered their first loss in four games falling to 4-3-0 and the Maple Leafs improves to 2-2-1.

Three Stars of the Game

1.       Rick DiPietro 33 saves

2.       James Reimer 26 saves

3.       Clarke MacArthur 1 g, 0 a, 1 g

Game 8, October 27, 2012, Islanders @ Bruins

In a goaltenders duel in Boston it was Rick DiPietro who outdueled Tuukka Rask, leading the Islanders to a 2-0 shutout win over the Bruins.

It took little time for the Islanders to get on the board, 41 seconds into the game Frans Nielsen put the puck past Rask to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

Michael Grabner added to the Islanders lead, scoring his first goal of the season, in the middle of the second period.(Photo Credit: AP)

The whole game though revolved around DiPietro making 23 saves throughout the game, 10 in the third period. DiPietro is now 4-1 since taking over the starting position for the Islanders.

With the win the Islanders now get back to their winning ways improving to 5-3-0 and with the loss the Bruins fall to 5-3-0.

Three Stars of the Game

1.       Rick DiPietro 23 saves

2.       Tuukka Rask 27 saves

3.       Frans Nielsen 1 g, 0 a, 1 p

Farm Report

The Sound Tigers lost in all three games this weekend, pushing their streak to five straight losses .They face off against the Hersey Bears and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins this upcoming weekend.

Up Next For The Islanders

The Islanders finish off the month of October with a home game against the Ottawa Senators, than to kick off November they travel to North Carolina to do battle with the Carolina Hurricanes. They then return home the next day and face off with the Dallas Stars.

Islanders Leaders

Name

Goals

Assists

Points

Matt Moulson

4

5

9

Brad Boyes

4

4

8

Lubomir Visnovsky

1

7

8

John Tavares

3

4

7

Frans Nielsen

2

3

5

 

Name

Wins

Losses

GAA

Rick DiPietro

4

2

2.31

Evgeni Nabokov

1

1

3.48

 

NHL Leaders

Name

Goals

Assists

Points

Daniel Sedin

6

10

16

David Legwand

5

7

12

Henrik Sedin

4

8

12

Henrik Zetterberg

2

9

11

Pavel Datsyuk

2

9

11

                                                                                                                                                                            

Name

Wins

Losses

GAA

Carey Price

5

1

0.99

Anders Lindback

3

1

1.25

Devan Dubnyk

3

0

1.46

Corey Crawford

3

1

1.52

Steve Mason

3

1

1.54

 

-Pete Paguaga

 

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