New York Islanders vs. San Jose Sharks
Friday, Mar. 14 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY Note: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.3rd Period:
3:02 - SJS PP (Matt Donovan - Two Minutes Tripping) Isles head to their first PK. 2nd Period:
0:32 - NYI GOAL! Anders Lee puts the Islanders on the board 32 seconds into the period. Lee buries a backhander for his sixth of the season. Islanders trail 2-1.
9:32 - SJS goal. Joe Thornton pots a rebound for his tenth of the season, restoring the Sharks two-goal lead. Assist goes to Brent Burns. Sharks lead 3-1.
14:03 - Kyle Okposo dishes to Frans Nielsen on a two-on-one, but the pass is behind Nielsen, who can't get a handle on it. Niemi with the save.
17:02 - NYI GOAL! Brock Nelson tips a Matt Donovan point shot past Niemi, closing the gap to one. Islanders trail 3-2
18:15 - SJS goal. Martin Havlat puts the Sharks back up by two, scoring high on Nabokov. Assist to Sheppard. Sharks lead 4-2. END OF 2ND PERIOD: Sharks 4, Islanders 2. Islanders lead shots 22-191st Period:
2:35 - The Islanders have a 4-0 shot advantage early in the first period.
6:34 - No score at the first TV timeout. Isles lead shots 7-3.
12:45 - Islanders generate some furious pressure in the Sharks zone, can't convert, but draw applause from the crowd after some extended zone time. Best chance goes to Frans Nielsen, who one-times a Kyle Okposo feed from the slot.
13:27 - SJS goal. Matthew Nieto puts the Sharks ahead 1-0. Puck banks off the side of the net and out to Nieto in the slot. Assists to Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau. Sharks lead 1-0.
14:46 - SJS goal. Jason Demers buries a cross-ice feed putting the Sharks up by two. Assists to Martin Havlat and James Sheppard. Sharks lead 2-0. END OF 1ST PERIOD: Sharks 2, Islanders 0. Sharks lead shots 12-11Isles Starters:
Bailey-Nelson-Clutterbuck, Strait-Donovan, Nabokov
Marleau-Couture-Nieto, Vlasic-Demers, Niemi
Lee - Nielsen - Okposo
Bailey - Nelson - Clutterbuck
Martin - Strome - McDonald
Halmo - Cizikas - SundstromPREGAME:
Following a three-day break, the Islanders return to action tonight against the San Jose Sharks.
The Islanders swam away from hostile waters with two points when the teams met in December at the Shark Tank (SAP Center) in San Jose. Trailing 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Islanders rallied for two third-period goals en route to a 3-2 shootout win.
The Islanders enter this game on the heels of a dramatic comeback win against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, as the Isles scored seven third-period goals to erase a 3-0 deficit. The Sharks – winners of four straight – are coming off of a 4-3 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.
Ahead of tonight’s game, both teams held an optional morning skate at Nassau Coliseum. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate. Nabokov vs. Sharks:
Evgeni Nabokov makes his first start against this former team tonight. Nabokov played his first 10 seasons with the Sharks, winning 293 games for the franchise. Nabokov did not play in the teams’ first meeting this season at SAP Center in December, but the former-Shark was honored at the game. Joe Pavelski on Nabokov:
He means a lot to the [Sharks] organization. I liked him. I liked him as a goalie, I liked him as a guy. I’m excited to have a chance to finally play against him.
He means a lot to the guys in the room and the organization. He was great when he was there and he’s been really good for this organization coming in and stabilizing that position. At times it wasn’t always consistent, but as the team got better I think he was a factor. Sundstrom Debuts:
Johan Sundstrom will make his NHL debut tonight. The Islanders second-round pick in 2011 has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 38 games this season for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He will play on a line with Casey Cizikas and fellow call-up Mike Halmo. Sundstrom:
I am very excited. This is why you work so hard every day. Now I have an opportunity here, so I am happy to be here and I’ll hopefully I get some points.
I try to be a solid two-way player. I like to be physical and shoot the puck and skate a lot. Homestand:
The Islanders kick off a four-game homestand tonight against the Sharks. They host the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night, the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday afternoon. Rookies Galore:
The Islanders currently have nine rookies on their roster: Kevin Czuvzman, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Mike Halmo, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Anders Nilsson, Ryan Strome and Johan Sundstrom. Seven of the nine rookies are expected to play, as Czuczman is a healthy scratch and Nilsson will back up Nabokov. Swimming with Sharks:
The Sharks are 43-17-7 overall, 19-6-3 against the Eastern Conference, 8-3-2 against the Metropolitan Division, 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and 4-0-0 in their last four. Average Joe’s:
The Sharks are led by Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton, who are first and second in team scoring. “Little Joe” [Pavelski} leads the team in goals (34) and points (66), while Thornton is second in the NHL with 55 assists. Deep Waters:
The Sharks are one of the deepest offensive teams in the NHL with 11 players registering at least 20 points. Patrick Marleau (28-31-59) is a top-25 scorer in the NHL, Logan Couture has 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 51 games and defenseman-turned-forward Brent Burns has 18 goals this season. Fast Starts:
The Sharks are fast starters and lead the NHL with 67 first-period goals. The Sharks have scored 10 times in the opening two minutes this season.