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Rapid Recap: Islanders 1, Avalanche 0

Avs fired 32 shots on net in the loss

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

UNIONDALE, N.Y.--Anders Lee broke a scoreless tie early in the third period, and the New York Islanders topped the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 at NYCB Live/Nassau Coliseum on Monday night.

Avs goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped 32 shots, and New York's Semyon Varlamov also denied 32.

Devon Toews and Michael Dal Colle had assists on Lee's 12th goal of the season at 6:54 of the final frame.

Colorado wraps up its two game road trip on Tuesday at the New York Rangers.

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THE GOALS

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
6:54 NYI (0-1) - Anders Lee's wrist from the from the left circle sneaked in short-side.

Final: Islanders - 1 | Avalanche - 0 

3 STARS

  1. Semyon Varlamov (NYI): Posted a shutout
  2. Anders Lee (NYI): Scored the lone goal
  3. Samuel Girard (COL): Had eight shot attempts in 23:07 of ice time

Selected by Islanders media

POWER PLAYS

Colorado: 0 for 2
N.Y. Islanders: 0 for 1

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Colorado: Pavel Francouz stopped 32-of-33 shots faced
N.Y. Islanders: Semyon Varlamov posted a 32-save shutout

NOTEBOOK

The Avalanche was playing the first half of its eighth back-to-back set of the season. Colorado, which will play 12 consecutive-night games this year, is now 5-3-0 in the first contest of these sets... Colorado was playing its first game at the Nassau Coliseum since Nov. 11, 2014… The Avs own a 5-8-0 all-time record in the building since moving to Denver... Nikita Zadorov scored at 13:51 of the second period, but the goal was overturned because the play was offside... The Avalanche is now 11-3-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season... The Avs and Islanders close out their two-game season series on Feb. 19 in Denver.

QUOTABLE

Head coach Jared Bednar on the Avs overturned goal for offside: "I think they made the right call. It's tough to tell, it's up in the air, but I think we were in ahead of it."

IMAGE OF THE GAME

Up close and personal

ROSTER REPORT

Valeri Nichushkin returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with an illness. He resumed his spot on a line with Nazem Kadri and Matt Calvert… Mark Barberio and Vladislav Kamenev were scratched… Goaltender Pavel Francouz got the start in net in the first half of the Avs' back-to-back set.

INJURY UPDATE

Colin Wilson (lower body) is out indefinitely after having surgery

UP NEXT

Colorado wraps up its road trip and back-to-back on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden when it takes on the New York Rangers at 5:30 p.m. MT.

LINE COMBINATIONS

Based on the start of the game
Forwards
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 72 Joonas Donskoi
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 91 Nazem Kadri - 11 Matt Calvert
95 Andre Burakovsky - 37 J.T. Compher - 96 Mikko Rantanen
17 Tyson Jost - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 83 Matt Nieto

Defensemen
27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 28 Ian Cole

Goaltenders
39 Pavel Francouz
31 Philipp Grubauer

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