Rookies Power Islanders in 4-3 Overtime Victory over Avalanche
New York, NY - It was a night of first for the New York Islanders (13-20-6) in their 4-3 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche (21-15-6) in Saturday afternoon hockey. As the young stars continue to shine for the Islanders.
On this night keeper Kevin Poulin was able to record his first NHL victory, while rookie center Jeremy Colliton recorded his first NHL goals to lead New York to an impressive overtime victory over a tough Western Conference team.
Colorado was able to tally their first goal quickly when Milan Hejduk (12) notched a 18 foot wrister at the 0:45 mark of the first period of play. The winger was set up by T. J. Galiardi (6) and Adam Foote (6) to give the Avalanche the 1-0 lead.
The Avalanche were able to make the score 2-0 at the 1:47 mark when David Koci (1) was able to put in a wicked 67 foot slap shot which was assisted by Ryan O’Byrne (5) and Philippe Dupuis (eight), for the 2-0 lead. Then Colorado put the Islanders on the power play when at the 4:04 mark David Jones slashed Bruno Gervais.
It was then at the 5:52 mark when Jeremy Colliton (1) tallied a eight foot wrister for his first NHL goal to cut the Avalanche lead to 2-1. Setting up the young center was Jon Sim (3) and Andrew MacDonald (11), helping the Islanders get offensive momentum.
New York was able to record their second goal on another power play opportunity, as at the 11:15 mark Matt Hunwick was sent to the sin bin for two minutes for holding Blake Comeau. Comeau (10) was able to exact some revenge on that hold at the 12:59 mark tallying a 43 foot slap shot, which was set up by Milan Jurcina (3) and Jack Hillen (3), to notch the two teams at 2-2.
Colorado would continue to give the Islanders golden power play opportunities as at the 2:19 mark of the second period of play Ryan O’Reilly was sent to the sin bin for two minutes for tripping Dylan Reese. Colliton (2) would then strike for his second NHL goal at the 3:17 mark, netting a wicked wrister which was set up by Josh Bailey (6) and Blake Comeau (14) to give the Islanders the 3-2 lead.
The Avalanche would not go away quietly though as Milan Hejduk (13) was able to tally a 15 foot backhanded shot at the 19:56 mark of the third period of play to tie the two teams up at 3-3. That third Avalanche goal was set up by Tomas Fleischmann (16) and Kevin Shattenkirk (15).
These two teams would need the overtime frame to decide a winner, and the Islanders would find that winner at the 3:52 mark. Jack Hillen (4) and Matt Moulson (eight) were able to set up John Tavares (14), who was able to net a seven foot wrister giving the Islanders the 4-3 overtime victory.
Aside from earning his first NHL win Kevin Poulin was also named third star of the game finishing the night with 34 saves. While on the other side of the ice Colorado keeper Craig Anderson finished with 23.
New York looks to complete this West Coast Road trip on a high note as they head to Chicago for a 7:00 p.m. face-off with the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks on Sunday night.