Islanders on a Rolo-ll in 4-3 Overtime Victory over Red Wings
New York, NY - The New York Islanders (11-19-6) have been on a roll in the last couple of weeks in this month of December. That trend would continue with back-to-back wins against first place teams in their 4-3 thriller over the Detroit Red Wings (24-9-5) in Friday night hockey action.
One of the big keys to the Islanders success is the play of backup keeper Dwayne Roloson, who made 38 saves in Friday night’s games. Roloson who was named the first star of the game, has shined along with the rest of his teammates in these last couple of weeks.
Detroit was however able to get an early 1-0 lead in the first period. when Johan Franzen (17) was able to tally a 21 foot snap shot. The first Detroit goal was assisted by Henrik Zetterberg (30) and Tomas Holmstrom (9) at the 11:52 mark.
Later on in the first period the Islanders were able to strike back on a power play opportunity, as Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi sat two minutes for interfering with keeper Dwayne Roloson. It was a the 13:22 mark that Matt Moulson (12) tied the score at 1-1 on a 15 foot tip-in shot, which was assisted by Andrew MacDonald (7) and John Tavares (12)
The Islanders were able to cash in on their second goal of the game when, John Tavares (11) was able to strike for his second point of the game at the 19:57 mark. The center was able to record a 26 foot backhanded shot, which was assisted by Bruno Gervais (3) and Zenon Konopka (4) to give the Islanders the 2-1 lead.
New York would continue their positive offensive momentum going into the second period of play. The Islanders were able to make the score 3-1 at the 15:13 mark. Jesse Joensuu (3), who was just called up from the AHL, was able to tally the third Islanders goal on a 30 foot tip-in which was assisted by Milan Jurcina (2) and Matt Martin (1).
Detroit however were able to cut into the Islanders lead at the 19:51 mark when Valtteri Filppula (9) tallied a 15 foot wrist shot at the 19:51 mark. Filppula who was assisted by Nicklas Lindstrom (25) and Darren Helm (9). Time would wind down with the Islanders holding on to the 3-2 edge over the Red wings.
The Red Wings would be able to tie the game up at 3-3 in the third period of play. As Tomas Tatar (1), making his NHL Debut for Detroit, would notch his first NHL goal 10:18 mark. The rookie was able to redirect a 19 foot shoot past Roloson, to tie up the two squads. Assisting on Tatar’s first goal was Darren Helm (10) and Brian Rafalski (25).
Neither team was able to find the game-winning goal and would need overtime to decide the winner. For the Islanders this is familiar territory, as this was the second game that they have sent a first place squad into the overtime frame.
New York would find a hero in P.A. Parenteau (9) as he would tally a 31 foot snap shot at the 3:57 mark of the overtime frame to give the Islanders the 4-3 overtime victory. over the Red Wings. Parenteau was assisted by John Tavares (13) and Andrew MacDonald (eight).
The Islanders now hold back-to-back wins against first place teams for the New York Islanders 6-1-1 record in their last eight games, probably are very excited to see what 2011 brings them if they continue to play this style of hockey.
New York ring in 2011 with two days off before going on a very long road trip. The Islanders will begin this road trip in Calgary for a Monday night 9:00 p.m. face-off against the Flames.