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Live Updates - Islanders vs. Avalanche

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Live Updates

New York Islanders vs. Colorado Avalanche
Saturday, Feb. 8 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
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3rd Period:
3:01 - NYI PP (Marc-Andre Cliche - Two Minutes High-Sticking) Isles PP 0-for-1

8:35 - NYI PP (Cody McLeod - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PP 0-for-2

10:17 - NYI PP (Andre Benoit - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles go on a 19-second five-on-three.

10:17 - NYI PP (Max Talbot - Two Minutes Face-off Violation) Isles to go on an extended five-on-three.

10:35 - McLeod's penalty ends, so Talbot begins. Isles are on an extended five-on-three.

11:17 - NYI GOAL! John Tavares puts the Isles on the board, converting from below the circle. Isles still on the power play for another 1:20. Islanders trail 3-1.

12:09 - NYI PP (Erik Johnson - Two Minutes Slashing)

12:14 - NYI GOAL! Lubomir Visnovsky blasts a one-timer from the point! Islanders score two goals in 57 seconds and are still on the power play! Coliseum comes alive! Islanders trail 3-2.

15:23 - COL PP (Thomas Vanek - Two Minutes Tripping) Isles PK 2-for-2

19:13 - COL goal. Gabriel Landeskog scores an empty-netter with 46.3 seconds to play.

2nd Period:
1:17 - Travis Hamonic drives to the net and Thomas Vanek bangs away at Giguere's pad. Puck crosses the line, but refs call the play dead. NO GOAL.

7:02 - Brock Nelson splits the Avs D and goes in one-on-one with Giguere, but is stopped on the breakaway.

7:49 - COL goal. Matt Duchene streaks down the right wing, cuts to the net and scores. Nabokov gets a piece of the shot, but can't hold on as it trickles through. PA Parenteau and Tyson Barrie with the assists. Avalanche lead 2-0.

8:25 - COL PP (Michael Grabner - Two Minutes High-Sticking) Isles PK 1-for-1

10:33 - COL goal. Duchene scores his second of the night, sending a laser over Nabokov's shoulder from the bottom of the circle. Barrie and Jamie McGinn pick up the helpers. Avalanche lead 3-0.

15:02 - NYI PP (Max Talbot - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles head to their first power play.

END OF 2ND PERIOD: Avalanche lead 3-0. Islanders lead shots 17-16.

1st Period:
1:30 - Josh Bailey one-times a feed out front, Giguere comes up big.

4:28 - Islaners lead shots 8-1.

13:04 - COL goal. Nathan MacKinnon picks up Gabriel Landeskog's rebound and pots it on Evgeni Nabokov. Landeskog's drive to the net took Nabokov out of position giving MacKinnon access to an open net. MacKinnon extends his point streak to eight games (5g/6a). Avalanche lead 1-0.

13:51 - COL PP (Colin McDonald - Two Minutes Roughing) Isles first PK

END OF 1ST PERIOD: Avalanche lead 1-0, Islanders lead shots 13-6.

Isles Starters: Vanek-Tavares-Okposo, Strait-MacDonald, Nabokov.
Avs Starters: O'Reilly-Duchene-Parenteau, Hejda-Johnson, Giguere.

Islanders Lines:
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
12 Josh Bailey  - 29 Brock Nelson - 13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

44 Calvin de Haan - 3 Travis Hamonic
37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Avalanche Lines:
92 Gabriel Landeskog – 26 Paul Stastny – 29 Nathan MacKinnon
90 Ryan O’Reilly – 9 Matt Duchene – 15 P.A. Parenteau
25 Max Talbot – 7 John Mitchell – 11 Jamie McGinn
55 Cody McLeod – 24 Marc-Andre Clinche – 58 Patrick Bordeleau

8 Jan Hejda – 6 Erik Johnson
2 Nick Holden – 4 Tyson Barrie
61 Andre Benoit – 5 Nate Guenin

35 Jean-Sebastien Giguere
1 Semyon Varlamov

The Islanders wrap up their Pre-Olympic schedule tonight against the Colorado Avalanche. The Islanders took the first meeting on Jan. 10, and are going for the season sweep of the Avs. Patrick Roy’s team is currently fifth in the Western Conference, but historically, the Avalanche have had trouble with the Islanders, especially on Long Island.

Both teams are looking to end mini-losing streaks, as the Avs have two straight, while the Isles are coming off a loss on Thursday night. Tonight also marks the return of former-Islander Pierre-Alexandre (PA) Parenteau, who faces the Islanders for the first time since leaving at the end of the 2011-12 season. 

Hamonic Scheduled To Play: Travis Hamonic is scheduled to play tonight after being activated off injured reserve yesterday afternoon. Head coach Jack Capuano said he plans on using Hamonic in his usual role, citing he’s 100 percent healthy and that he wouldn’t play his defenseman otherwise. Hamonic missed 12 games with an upper-body injury after leaving the Jan. 12 game against Dallas.

Hamonic: Everyone wants to get back quickly when you’re injured, but we weren’t going to be stupid about it. There are precautions that you have to take when you have an upper-body injury; it’s just the way things go. It’s nice that I can get a chance to play before the break and then rest and remain healthy [during the break] so when we come back we can hit the ground running help the team win.

Lineup Notes/Changes: Nabokov in goal. Hamonic is scheduled to play and will be partnered with Calvin de Haan. No changes at forward.

Vs. the Avs: The Islanders are 8-0-1-2 (one tie, two overtime losses) in their last 11 games against the Avalanche.

No Mountains, No Avalanche: The Islanders have won six straight against the Avalanche on the flat confines of Long Island.

Parenteau Returns: Former Islander PA Parenteau returns to Long Island for the first time since the 2011-12 season, before he departed as a free agent. Parenteau played on the team’s top line and scored 120 points (38g/82a) over two seasons with the Islanders.

Parenteau on Return:
I’m really grateful for what Snowy and Jack did for me in my first year there. It’s something I’ll never forget. It pretty much put me on the map, I’ll be grateful for. It was two great years, I got to play with really great players and it was an awesome time.

Parenteau scored 43 points (18g/25a) in 48 games for the Avs last season and has 27 points (10g/17a) in 45 games this season. Parenteau needs one point to reach 200 in his career. The former Islander spoke highly of his time on Long Island and spent time visiting friends and old hangouts on Friday.

Tavares on Parenteau: He’s got a great personality; he’s a great guy in the locker room. He’s very upbeat and he’s got a great skill set. He overcame a lot to finally make it in the NHL, so I’m happy to see him doing well. I know he’s looking forward to returning tonight and he’s always been a motivated guy to, so I’m sure he’s going to come out hard.

Milestones: Cal Clutterbuck will play his 400th career game tonight, while Colin McDonald hits the century mark.

Bridgeport Milestone: The Bridgeport Sound Tigers play the 1000th game in franchise history tonight against the Albany Devils.

From the Coach: The thinking behind it – so you all know – he wanted to play the last game and he could have played the last game, but we [wanted to give him] three extra days [of practice]. He wanted to get in the last game and we would never put anyone in that situation. He’s ready to go… He’s 100%... He’s conditioned hard, he’s battled hard. We’re not afraid to use him in any situation tonight.

MacKinnon: Nathan MacKinnon leads all rookies in goals (21), assists (22) and points (43) and is currently on a seven-game point streak (four goals, six assists). The top pick in the 2013 draft scored Colorado’s lone goal against the Islanders on Jan. 10 and is tied for the team lead in goals.

Top Scorers: Matt Duchene leads the Avs with 48 points (17G/31A) in 54 games, while captain Gabriel Landeskog is second with 46 points (17G/29A).

Giguere Starts: Jean-Sebastien Gigure will start for the Avalanche tonight. Gigure is 8-4-0-2 in 14 games this season.

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