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San Jose
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Islanders
35-38-9

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game recap

Islanders 3, Sharks 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:30 AM

Associated Press

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Islanders 3, Sharks 2
San Jose Sharks 2, New York Islanders 3

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -A shot that failed to find the back of the net might have made all the difference for the streaking New York Islanders.

Radek Martinek damaged the mask of San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov and sent the NHL's most durable goalie to the dressing room with a bloodied face in the second period. Stitches closed the wound well enough for him to return for the third, but the Islanders reached him for three goals and a stirring 3-2 comeback victory over the Sharks on Monday.

"I had no idea where the puck went after I got hit," Nabokov said. "It was so painful, I went right down. I saw the shot all the way. ... I didn't have a concussion or anything."

Freddy Meyer capped the surge with 8:41 left after Andy Hilbert and Mike Comrie erased the Sharks' 2-0 lead with goals less than a minute apart.

"Unfortunately, they scored on their first two shots," Nabokov said. "The first one was kind of a weird goal. ... The second goal, I should have had."

The Islanders scored on three of their 12 shots in the third and earned their fourth straight victory, tying their best stretch of the season. New York managed only nine shots through the first 40 minutes after posting a season-high 49 Saturday.

"Whether he was injured or shaken up or not, we had to attack him," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said of Nabokov. "We didn't attack too much in the first two periods and then in the third period, for whatever reason, it just kind of clicked in and we started attacking."

Nolan missed the first period because he was talking with his son, Jordan, a player on the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, who called following the sudden death of 19-year-old captain Mickey Renaud.

"He was my son's teammate and good friend, and it was tragic," Nolan said. "Sometimes there's a lot more important things to me than a hockey game."

Meyer, who went 73 games without a goal before scoring into an empty net at Toronto last Thursday, beat a goalie for the first time since Nov. 24, 2006. He got a shot from the right circle past Nabokov.

"I was just trying to put it on net," the defenseman said. "Get the monkey off my back? I'm just going to try to keep shooting the puck."

Meyer's two goals this season were both game-winners.

"It was good," he said. "Anytime you beat a goalie, it's always a little sweeter."

New York won this one despite taking only 21 shots. They outshot Atlanta 49-10 in a 4-1 win Saturday.

Marcel Goc and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, who have dropped the first two of an eight-game road trip. Before falling to the Rangers on Sunday, San Jose had lost an NHL-low five road games.

New York Islanders defenseman Freddy Meyer (44) blocks a shot at his team's net from the San Jose Sharks during the first period at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008.  (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Thomas Greiss finished the second period for San Jose only hours after he was recalled from Worcester (AHL). Nabokov has started all but one of the Sharks' 59 games this season, and Greiss played the one Nabokov missed on Jan. 13.

"Nabby is fine," coach Ron Wilson said. "He had a big, deep cut, but he wanted to play. He's earned that right."

Just moments after Thornton gave the Sharks a seemingly safe 2-0 lead 2:14 into the third, Hilbert and Comrie connected 59 seconds apart.

"It seemed like we had the game right there," Thornton said. "Three mistakes cost us, and that was the game. I thought we played pretty good for 50 minutes.

"Guys need to realize that the playoff push started. Every team is good, and we have to go into each game thinking that way."

New York captain Bill Guerin sent a shot on goal that Nabokov blocked with his stick before Hilbert knocked it in at 3:22.

Guerin also assisted on the tying tally. He chipped the puck to Comrie, who raced up ice, deftly pushed the puck between the legs of defenseman Kyle McLaren before beating Nabokov for his 18th goal.

"It's not a move I'm going to try too often," Comrie said. "Once in a while you get lucky."

Thornton scored his 17th when he got to a deflected shot and ripped a drive past Rick DiPietro, who made 28 saves after winning with nine Saturday.

Goc staked the Sharks to a 1-0 lead at 2:35 of the second period.

Until then, the game was dominated by the officials. There were seven penalties called during the first period, and the Sharks were given five power plays after earning only one Sunday - much to the dismay of Wilson, who complained about the lack of calls.

Both teams earned consecutive 5-on-3 power plays for a full 2 minutes, but the clubs combined for only 12 shots in the period - seven for San Jose.

Notes: Sharks D Douglas Murray received a major penalty for boarding Blake Comeau, and was ejected in the third period. Comeau wasn't seriously injured. ... Islanders D Andy Sutton injured his hamstring and was helped off the ice with 15.9 seconds left. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday. ... San Jose was 0-for-6 on the power play. The Islanders went 0-for-7.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:35
SJS
Marcel Goc (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeremy Roenick (12), Jody Shelley (3)
1 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
02:14
SJS
Joe Thornton (17) Backhand shot - ASST: Milan Michalek (21), Craig Rivet (24)
2 - 0 SJS
03:22
NYI
Andy Hilbert (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Josef Vasicek (15), Bill Guerin (14)
2 - 1 SJS
04:21
NYI
Mike Comrie (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Bill Guerin (15), Andy Hilbert (7)
2 - 2 Tie
11:19
NYI
Freddy Meyer (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Sean Bergenheim (9), Aaron Johnson (2)
3 - 2 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
02:04
NYI
Mike Comrie  Slashing against  Milan Michalek
06:36
NYI
Aaron Johnson  Holding against  Joe Pavelski
12:24
SJS
Jody Shelley  Tripping against  Miroslav Satan
12:24
SJS
Craig Rivet  Cross checking against  Sean Bergenheim
14:46
NYI
Freddy Meyer  Hooking against  Joe Thornton
14:46
NYI
Aaron Johnson  Hooking against  Jonathan Cheechoo
18:55
NYI
Trent Hunter  Interference against  Douglas Murray
2nd Period
04:00
NYI
Andy Sutton  Roughing against  Kyle McLaren
04:00
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Roughing against  Andy Sutton
04:00
SJS
Jonathan Cheechoo  Roughing against  Radek Martinek
07:14
SJS
Jonathan Cheechoo  Hooking against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
12:09
NYI
Bill Guerin  Slashing against  Steve Bernier
13:02
SJS
Jonathan Cheechoo  Hooking against  Ruslan Fedotenko
3rd Period
05:31
SJS
Matthew Carle  Holding the stick against  Trent Hunter
13:28
SJS
Douglas Murray  Game misconduct against  Blake Comeau
13:28
SJS
Douglas Murray  Boarding (maj) against  Blake Comeau
18:35
SJS
Christian Ehrhoff  Roughing against  Mike Comrie
18:35
SJS
Jody Shelley  Roughing against  Miroslav Satan
18:35
NYI
Mike Comrie  Roughing against  Christian Ehrhoff
18:35
NYI
Miroslav Satan  Roughing against  Jody Shelley
goalie stats
Thomas Greiss
SA: 1TOI: 9:36
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 20TOI: 49:43
Saves: 17EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .850SH: 1 - 1
Rick DiPietro
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .933SH: 6 - 6