Jurcina Scores Twice to Lead the Islanders to a victory over Colorado, 5-2
New York, NY - The New York Islanders (2-1-2) defeated the Colorado Avalanche (3-2-0) by the score of 5-2 on Saturday night. Milan Jurcina scored twice and Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves to help the Islanders in the victory.
Also powering the Islanders offensively was Josh Bailey, Michael Grabner and John Tavares, who returned to the team after suffering from a concussion. The Avalanche who have been a very hot hockey team as of late, the Islanders were able to convert on opportunities that were handed to them.
New York struck by taking a 1-0 lead when Bailey won a face-off in the Colorado zone and fed the puck to Jurcina. The defenseman then connected with a wicked slap shot got past goalkeeper Craig Anderson, who played for the second straight night.
Lighting struck twice for the Islanders as Jurcina struck at 17:59 with a wrist shot that found its way to the back of the net. Bailey connected on a much needed power-play goal 61 seconds later to give New York the 3-0 lead.
Chris Steward ended the shutout bid by Islanders keeper Dwayne Roloson at 2:19 of the third period by hitting a slap shot to that bounced into the net off the crossbar. Also scoring was T.J. Galiardi which cut the Islanders lead to 4-2.
The returning John Tavares then recorded his first goal of the season into the empty net with 19.6 seconds remaining to give the Islanders their second victory at home. Roloson finished the game with 28 saves in the cage for the Islanders, while Anderson tallied 20 in the loss.
Up next for the Islanders will be the start of a long road stretch starting on Monday at 7:00 p.m. against the Toronto Maple Leafs.