New York Islanders vs. Dallas Stars
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY Note: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.First Period
The puck has dropped and we are live from Nassau Coliseum as the Dallas Stars are in town.
Jaime Benn creates a turnover, finds himself all alone in the right circle, and wrists it past Nabokov. 1-0 Stars
10:00 Halfway through the first period, Stars lead 1-0. Shots are 8-6 Islanders.
Thomas Vanek gets two minutes for hooking. Dallas gets the first power play of the night.12:20
Vanek leaves the box as the Islanders return to full-strength. 12:54
Kevin Poulin replaces Nabokov in goal, looks like Nabokov suffered an injury.13:38
Erik Cole takes a wrist shot from the high-slot that finds twine and beats new goalie Kevin Poulin. Credit Alex Chiasson and Rich Peverley with the helpers. 2-0 Stars End of 1: Stars lead 2-0. Shots were 14-10 in favor of the Islanders.
Antonine Roussel is given a two minute cross-checking penalty, Islanders to their first power play of the night.1:41 Islanders goal! Ryan Strome gets his first NHL Goal!
It comes on the power play with Vanek and Tavares getting the helpers 2-1 Stars
7:29 Islanders goal!
Tavares ties it up! Vanek went no-look between the legs and found Tavares across the crease who tapped in the easy goal. What a pass by Vanek! 2-2
9:29 Islanders goal!
Josh Bailey finds Peter Regin cross-crease for a quick one-timer. Thomas Hickey got the secondary assist. 3-2 Isles 13:33
Dallas goes back to the power play as Casey Cizikas gets two for holding. Dallas is 0-1 with the man advantage. 15:28
Dallas coverts on the power play, Peverley drove hard to the net and threw the puck on net. Poulin handled the initial shot, but Valeri Nichushkin was there to bury the rebound. Ryan Whitney got the secondary assist. 3-315:57
Isles to their second power play of the game, Ryan Garbutt sits, two minutes holding. Islanders are 1-1 with the man advantage.19:32 Islanders goal!
Brock Nelson hit the blueline with speed and ripped a wrister past Lehtonen. Cizikas got the primary assist and Calvin de Haan is credited with his first NHL point with the secondary assist. 4-3 Islanders
Vanek and Benn both get roughing minors and will sit two minutes apiece.End of 2nd: Isles lead 4-3. Shots are 25-17 Islanders.3rd Period
1:24 Islanders goal!
Tavares made a sweet deke, entered the zone, and backhanded it to a streaking Brain Strait who beat Lehtonen's glove side. 5-3 Isles
Cizikas goes to the box for the second time tonight as he sits for goaltender interference. Dallas is 1-2 on the power play.
Whitney goes to the box, hooking the call, we will play :21 seconds of 4-on-4 before the Islanders get an abbreviated power play.
6:19 Islanders goal!
Tavares has his second of the night. He drove hard to the net, out deked Lehtonen, and finished with a backhand. 6-3 Isles 15:13
Alex Chiasson sits, two minutes for slashing. Islanders are 2-4 with the man advantage. 15:29
Garbutt gets called for hi-sticking. The Islander will have 1:44 of 5-on-3 action.16:53 Islanders power play goal!
Tavares completes the hattrick as his shot from the point squirts through Lethonen. MacDonald and Cizikas are credited with assists. Final: Islanders 7 Stars 3. Isles outshoot Dallas 43-23.
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 29 Brock Nelson
16 Peter Regin– 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner – 18 Ryan Strome – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin Mcdonald
37 Brain Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald
44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
46 Matt Donovan - 14 Thomas Hickey
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
14 Jamie Benn - 91 Tyler Seguin - 43 Valeri Nichushkin
21 Antoine Roussel - 20 Cody Eakin - 16 Ryan Garbutt
72 Erik Cole - 17 Rich Peverley - 12 Alex Chaiasson
10 Shawn Horcoff - 38 Vernon Fiddler - 13 Ray Whitney
33 Alex Goligoski - 4 Brenden Dillon
24 Jordie Benn - 55 Sergei Gonchar
6 Trevor Daley - 23 Kevin Connauton
32 Kari Lehtonen
30 Dan Ellis
The Islanders play the Stars for the first time since the 2011-12 season, where the teams split their season series 1-1-0. It’s been over two years since the Isles and Stars hooked up and Dallas sports a new look, both on their jerseys and their roster.
The biggest change comes up front, as the Stars traded Loui Eriksson for Tyler Seguin in the offseason, as part of a seven-player deal. Seguin, the number two pick in the 2010 draft, is thriving in Texas, as he’s scoring over a point-per-game and is on pace for a career year. Ray Whitney and Shawn Horcoff were also added to this roster, as GM Jim Nill is putting his stamp on the team.
As a result, the Stars are 20-14-7 (47 points), but in an ultra-competitive Western conference, they are on the outside looking in. As crucial as this game is for the Islanders are to get back into the playoff picture, it’s equally as important for the Stars.Lineup Notes/Changes:
Josh Bailey and Matt Donovan are both in the lineup tonight for the Islanders. Kyle Okposo is a game-time decision due to the impending birth of his first child. Evgeni Nabokov will start in goal for the Islanders.Bailey:
Josh Bailey makes his return to the lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury.Capuano (on Bailey):
I need to see the work ethic, the grit and determination in his game. I need to see a guy that’ll get more pucks to the net. He’s a minute-cruncher for us. We expect all our guys to play well defensively away from the puck, but he has to be a guy who gets pucks to the net, no question. Nabokov:
Evgeni Nabokov gets the start tonight, with Capuano hinting at a Poulin start in Toronto. Nabokov is 4-3-2 with a 2.21 GAA since returning from injury on Dec. 14. Vanek:
Thomas Vanek is riding a career-best eight-game point streak. Vanek has five goals and seven assists on his current streak. The eight games match a career best set last night.MacDonald:
Andrew MacDonald has six assists on a four-game point streak. Tavares:
John Tavares has four goals and three assists on a four-game point streak.