New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY Note: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.3rd Period:
5:04: No score in the third period. Two shots apiece. Isles trailing 3-1.
10:00: Grabner gets sprung on a breakaway, but his slap shot is stopped by Khudobin.
10:20: Tavares wills himself to the net, but Khudobin shuts the door again.
17:00: Islanders call a timeout and Evgeni Nabokov is on the bench for the extra attacker.
18:03: NYI PP (Alex Semin - Two Minutes Unsportsmanlike) Isles PP 0-12nd Period:
2:41: CAR PP (Matt Martin - Two Minutes Tripping) Matt Martin blows a tire chasing down a loose puck and trips up a Hurricanes player. Both crash hard into the boards, but Martin gets two for tripping. Canes first PP.
4:34: CAR PP (Thomas Hickey - Two Minutes Tripping) Hickey gets two for tripping. Isles killing off an 5-on-3 for eight seconds.
6:34: Hickey is out of the box and the Islanders get out of the long penalty kill unscathed.
6:57: CAR goal. Manny Malhotra skates to the Isles net untouched and takes a feed from Pat Dwyer, who was curling around the Islanders net. 1-0 Hurricanes.
7:41: NYI GOAL. Islanders answer right away! John Tavares finishes off an 2-on-0 (in tight) with Thomas Vanek, pulling the puck around a sliding Khudobin for the goal. Score tied 1-1.
13:12: CAR goal. Jordan Staal beats Evgeni Nabokov one-on-one to the blocker side. Dwyer picks up his second assist of the game. Hurricanes lead 2-1.
14:09: CAR goal. Brent Sutter backhands a Jeff Skinner rebound past Nabokov extending the lead to two goals. Hurricanes score twice in 57 seconds and lead 3-1.
END OF 2ND PERIOD: Islanders trail 3-1. Shots are 24-21 Isles.1st Period:
3:10: Thomas Vanek digs the puck out at the corner, sends a feed to John Tavares, but the captain can't settle the puck in front. Scoreless game so far at the Coliseum.
6:00: Vanek springs Tavares on a breakaway, but two Canes backcheck hard and thwart the opportunity. Still scoreless.
13:34: NYI PP (ErIc Staal - Two Minutes Roughing) Staal takes exception to a Matt Martin hit, but gets two minutes for being the third-man in. Isles first PP.
17:20: Kyle Okposo cuts into the slot, holds, waits and shoots, but he's robbed by a sprawling Khudobin. Still scoreless, but Isles generating grade-A chances. END OF 1ST PERIOD: No score. Isles lead shots 10-7.Isles Starters:
Vanek-Tavares-Okposo, MacDonald-Hickey, Nabokov in goal. Hurricanes Starters:
Gerbe-Staal-Ruutu, Faulk-Sekera, Khudobin in goal. Islanders Lines:
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome – 13 Colin McDonald
16 Peter Regin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 17 Matt Martin
47 Andrew MacDonald – 14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner – 37 Brian Strait
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
53 Jeff Skinner - 12 Eric Staal - 28 Alex Semin
14 Nathan Gerbe - 11 Jordan Staal - 39 Pat Dwyer
21 Drayson Bowman - 22 Manny Malhotra - 15 Tuomo Ruutu
32 Zach Boychuk - 42 Brent Sutter - 18 Radek Dvorak
27 Justin Faulk - 4 Andrej Sekera
65 Ron Hainsey - 73 Brett Bellemore
26 John-Michael Liles - 7 Ryan Murphy
31 Anton Khudobin
35 Justin Peters
The Islanders are riding a season-high, three-game win streak heading into tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Isles are coming in hot, fresh off of back-to-back wins over Boston and Chicago, last year’s Stanley Cup finalists.
These two points are crucial for the Islanders, as their Metropolitan-division rivals, as the Hurricanes won the first two games of the season series, 4-3 and 1-0. The Canes are also on a bit of a streak, having won their last two games.
Ahead of tonight’s contest, the Islanders held an optional morning skate at Nassau Coliseum. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate. Lineup Notes/Changes:
Evgeni Nabokov in goal. Lineup remains the same as Thursday's win against the Blackhawks.Okposo:
Kyle Okposo is on an eight-game point streak (6-7-13), matching the longest streak of his career. Okposo has goals in three straight, including two game-winners (Minnesota, Chicago).Vanek:
Thomas Vanek is also producing at a torrid pace, riding a seven-game point streak (4-6-10). The Austrian needs a point tonight to tie his longest streak.Third Jersey:
The Islanders will wear their black jerseys tonight. Skinner and Staal:
The Hurricanes counter Okposo and Vanek with Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal. Skinner scored a hat trick Thursday night and has 15 goals in his last 14 games. Staal has five points in his last two games.Bailey Out:
Josh Bailey was on the ice this morning, but will not dress for tonight’s game. He is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.Capuano:
Bailey's close. I’m sure he’d like to get in there tonight, but we’ve only had the one practice with him. He’ll continue to work on what he needs to work on and well get him back in there shortly. Donovan Up:
The Islanders recalled defenseman Matt Donovan from loan from Bridgeport Wednesday. Donovan scored three goals and 11 assists in 17 games for the Sound Tigers. de Haan:
Head coach Jack Capuano praised the play of Calvin de Haan at this morning's media scrum. Word travelled to the Isles young defenseman, who appreciated the vote of confidence from his coach.From the Coach:
For Calvin to do what he did in the offseason to get himself prepared for training camp... it's an indication of how hard he worked. You don’t’ miss that much time and then come back, have a real good training camp with us and - when the call comes - step in and do your job. I give a ton of credit to the coaches in Bridgeport for getting him ready. de Haan:
It’s a vote of confidence and I shouldn’t change anything in my game and it feels great to hear that from Cappy. I’m feeling confident that the coaches are giving me minutes. I’m not getting any points, but I’m playing good defensive hockey. The points will come.