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Flames shutout in Brooklyn

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

NEW YORK, NY -- Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves for his second shutout in four starts to help the New York Islanders to a 4-0 win against the Calgary Flames at Barclays Center on Monday.

Halak, who missed the start of the season because of an upper-body injury, is 3-1-0.

Mikhail Grabovski, Frans Nielsen, Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders (6-2-1), who are 4-1-1 at home.

Joni Ortio made 31 saves for the Flames (2-7-0). Calgary has lost the first two games of its three-game road trip, which concludes Wednesday at the Ottawa Senators.

The Islanders had the better of the chances in a scoreless opening period, when they outshot the Flames 14-8. Casey Cizikas had a chance from between the circles 5:36 into the game when his wrist shot hit the crossbar. Anders Lee nearly scored in the final minute when he tried to stuff the puck under Ortio, but it never crossed the goal line.

New York finally broke through when Grabovski scored on a power play 14:01 into the second period. After Flames defenceman Dougie Hamilton was penalized for shooting the puck over the glass, Johnny Boychuk sent it around the net, and Josh Bailey collected it along the left-wing boards. Bailey quickly sent it to Grabovski between the circles, and Grabovski shot it past Ortio to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead with his second goal in as many games.

Each team had 10 shots on goal in the second period.

Halak preserved the shutout early in the third when he got across the crease to get his right pad on Mark Giordano's shot from the left circle after a cross-ice feed from Sam Bennett.

Nielsen then extended the Islanders' lead with his second goal of the season at 5:26 of the third. With the teams at even strength, Nielsen took a pass from Nikolay Kulemin and let go a wrist shot from the right circle that fooled Ortio to make it 2-0.

Clutterbuck scored his third goal of the season at 11:33 of the third. Casey Cizikas made a terrific play along the right wing boards, outworking Flames defenceman Kris Russell before sending it to the slot. Clutterbuck gathered the pass and ripped a wrist shot past Ortio.

Okposo put the game out of reach at 18:10 when Kulemin retrieved Okposo's rebound and gave him a cross-ice pass. Okposo quickly put a wrist shot past Ortio to make it 4-0. It was Okposo's fourth goal in six games.

Calgary was 0-for-3 on the man-advantage. New York has killed off 21 consecutive shorthanded situations.

The Islanders played without defenceman Thomas Hickey, who sustained a lower-body injury during an overtime win at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Hickey is expected to miss at least one month, according to Newsday.

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