Islanders Comeback Cut short in 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver

New York, NY - The New York Islanders (13-21-7) were able to fight but eventually fell in the shootout frame by the score of 4-3 against the Vancouver Canucks (28-8-6) in hockey action on Tuesday night.

Vancouver was able to tally their first goal at the 4:58 mark of the first period when Alex Burrows (9) was able to tip-in a 10 foot shot, which was assisted by Daniel Sedin (30) and Henrik Sedin (46) for the 1-0 lead.

The Islanders were able to tally up the game at 1-1 when Jack Hillen (1) ripped a 35 foot slap shot at the 15:13 mark of the second period of play. That first Islanders goal was assisted by Blake Comeau (15) and Milan Jurcina (4).

Ryan Kesler was able to give the Canucks the lead, when the center tallied a 29 foot snap shot at the 19:44 mark of that frame. Kessler (24) was set up by Mikael Samuelsson (17) and Raffi Torres (9) to give Vancouver the 2-1 lead.

The third period of play was a fast and furious one as both teams were able to find the back of the net. New York was able to notch up the game for the second time on a power play opportunity at the 3:14 mark of that frame. The Islanders found offense from center John Tavares (15) tallied a 33 foot snap shot, which was assisted by Rob Schremp (9) and Andrew MacDonald (12) making the score 2-2.

New York then was able to gain the lead at the 14:24 mark when Blake Comeau ripped a 56 foot slap shot, which was set up by Dylan Reese (1) and Schremp (10), giving the Islanders the 3-2 edge. Vancouver was able to find the back of the net to tie the game up at 3-3, when at the 14:58 mark Kevin Bieksa was able to tip-in a seven foot shot for Vancouver.

The two teams would need the overtime frame, then eventually the shootout to decide the victor. New York began with Rob Schremp tallying a 12 foot snap shot to give the Islanders the lead in that frame. Vancouver would respond on a pretty 10 foot backhanded shot by Mason Raymond to make the score 1-1.

P.A. Parenteau would try a 16 foot snap shot for the Islanders but sadly for the fans in attendance that shot would miss over the net. Vancouver would then send out Jeff Tambellini who attempted a 18 foot wrist shot, but that shot would be stopped by rookie keeper Kevin Poulin.

Vancouver keeper Roberto Luongo would stuff a John Tavares 15 foot shot, to leave the game in the hands of Ryan Kesler. The center would make a 11 foot wrister to give the Canucks the 4-3 victory.

In the cage for the Islanders Poulin would finish the night with 48 saves, while Luongo would have 38 save sin the net for Vancouver.

The Islanders home stand will continue on Thursday as they will host the Ottawa Senators for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.