Simulation: Nabokov Continues Winning Ways On West Coast

Game 12, November 6, 2012, Islanders @ Kings

The Islanders outshot the Kings 39-20, but they were the ones who went home as the losers, 2-1.  Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves leading the Kings to the win at home.

All three goals were scored in the first period, the Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 lead first getting a goal from John Tavares midway through the period. (Photo Credit: AP Photo)

Not even 20 seconds after Tavares’ goal the Kings tied the game with a goal from Jarret Stoll tying the game up at 1-1. Kings defensemen Slava Voynov scored late in the first period to give the Kings the lead 2-1.

The rest of the game was a goaltending clinic by Bernier and Evgeni Nabokov, who made 18, saves himself. The biggest test for Bernier was in the third period, the Islanders had 14 shots on net and Bernier stopped every single one of them.

The Islanders two game win streak ended and they fall to 7-5 and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Kings improve to 7-3-1.

Three Stars of the Game

1.     Jonathan Bernier, 38 saves

2.     Jarret Stoll 1 g, 0 a, 1 p

3.     Slava Voynov 1 g, 0 a, 1 p

Game 13, November 9, 2012, Islanders @ Ducks

After losing the first game of their West coast road trip to the Kings, the Islanders came out firing on all cylinders against the Ducks, dominating them from start to finishing winning 4-0. Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 31 shots his faced and John Tavares continued his hot streak, netting another goal in the win.

Tavares opened up the roast of the Ducks, with his second goal in as many games, beating Jonas Hiller six minutes into the game.  In the second period it was Michael Grabner who found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season, extending the Islanders lead to 2-0.

The third period saw Brad Boyes continue his torrid start with his ninth goal of the season, topping his goal total from last season, which was eight. Mark Streit added a goal late in the period to extend the Islanders lead 4-0.

With the win the Islanders get back to the win column, improving to 8-5 and with the loss the Ducks fall to 4-9. (Photo Credit: AP Photo)

Three Stars of the Game

1.     Evgeni Nabokov 31 saves

2.     Michael Grabner 1 g, 1 a, 2 p

3.     John Tavares 1 g, 0 a, 1 p

Game 14, November 10, 2012, Islanders @ Sharks

The Islanders went into the ‘Shark Tank’ and came away victorious closing out their West coast trip with a 3-2 shootout win over the Sharks. After three periods and an overtime period, it was Matt Moulson who beat Antti Niemi for the win. Niemi though made 45 saves throughout the game.

After a scoreless first period it was the Islanders who struck first as Travis Hamonic scored his first goal of the season, with assists from Andrew MacDonald and Brad Boyes.  The Sharks though weren’t trailing for too long, as Logan Courture beat Nabokov shortly after Hamonic’s goal, tying the game at 1-1 after the second period.

In the third period Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks the 2-1 lead midway through the third period. The Islanders wouldn’t go away though; berating Niemi with shot after shot, 18 for the period and it was Casey Cizikas who was able to sneak one past Niemi to tie the game and send it to overtime.

After a scoreless overtime, in which the Islanders dominated outshooting the Sharks 7-0, the game turned to a shootout. After Nabokov stoned Marleau, Moulson was able to beat Niemi to give the Islanders the lead in the shootout. With the game on the line, Nabokov stopped Joe Thornton for the win. (Photo Credit: AP Photo)

With the win the Islanders finish their West coast 2-1 heading back to the island 9-5 overall and the with the loss the Sharks fall to 6-6-1.

Three Stars of the Game

1.     Antti Niemi 45 saves

2.     Evgeni Nabokov 27 saves

3.     Brad Boyes 0 g, 2 a, 2 p

Farm Report

The Sound Tigers did not have the same luck the Islanders did this week dropping both of their games this week the Norfolk Admirals and the Manchester Monarchs. They are now 3-6-1 and will take of the rival Connecticut Whale, Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and the Monarchs next week.

Up Next For The Islanders

The Islanders will first return home to take on their bitter rivals the New York Rangers, who are 5-5-2. They then travel down to Nashville to take on the Predators before returning home to play the defending Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils.

Islanders Leaders 

Name

Goals

Assists

Points

Brad Boyes

9

7

16

Matt Moulson

5

8

13

Lubomir Visnovsky

2

11

13

John Tavares

6

6

12

Kyle Okposo

1

7

8

 

Name

Wins

Losses

GAA

Evgeni Nabokov

5

2

2.52

Rick DiPietro

4

3

2.91

 

NHL LEADERS

Name

Goals

Assists

Points

Daniel Sedin

9

14

23

Henrik Sedin

8

11

19

Brad Boyes

9

7

16

Alexander Ovechkin

7

9

16

Zach Parise

6

10

16

 

Name

Wins

Losses

GAA

Miikka Kirprusoff

9

3

2.12

Carey Price

8

2

1.59

Jimmy Howard

7

2

2.03

Kari Lehtonen

6

6

2.98

Devan Dubnyk

6

2

1.63

 

If you have questions about the season, maybe about an Islanders player I haven’t wrote about feel free to tweet at me @PetePaguaga or if you have any questions about a player on another team. 

 

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