EDMONTON - Andrew Cogliano's third period goal helped the Edmonton Oilers fight back from a rough start to win their second game in a row, 3-2 over the New York Islanders on Monday night.
Kyle Brodziak and Jason Strudwick also scored for the Oilers (19-16-3) who have won five of their last seven and four of their last five at home to improve to 8-6-3 at Rexall Place. The Oilers moved into a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with Minnesota.
Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau replied for the Islanders (12-25-4), whose road woes continued. They have now lost 13 in a row on the road and 15 of their last 17 overall to sit last in the NHL standings.
The Islanders opened the scoring four minutes into the game. Shawn Horcoff coughed a puck up to Okposo deep in the Edmonton zone, and the Islanders forward beat Oilers starter Dwayne Roloson on his glove side.
Edmonton looked flat throughout the first period and got caught for a goal with just 2.5 seconds left. Josh Bailey sent a pass through a pair of Oiler defenders to Comeau, who scored on a wrist shot for a 2-0 Islanders lead.
Edmonton scored their first goal in the second period shortly after dodging a bullet. The Islanders almost went up 3-0 when a shot went through Roloson's legs in the crease. Edmonton immediately took the puck back into the Islanders zone. They scored when Brodziak's hopeful shot from the corner deflected off the skate of Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt and past goaltender Joey MacDonald.
Edmonton's fourth line got the job done again just three minutes later as Zack Stortini sent a pass from behind the net that was directed in by Strudwick. The goal was reviewed at length as it appeared to have been kicked in, but stood for Strudwick's first of the season. Ironically, the goal came after Strudwick was originally credited on Brodziak's goal.
The Oilers took a 3-2 lead midway through the third frame as Marc Pouliot's shot landed in front of the net and seemed to sit on the doorstep for an eternity before Cogliano swooped in to score his 12th for the game winner.
The Oilers play the third game of a five-game homestand on Wednesday against Vancouver in what may be Mats Sundin's debut with the Canucks. The Islanders close out a four game road trip in Calgary on Thursday
Notes: It was the only meeting of the season between the two teams Marc Pouliot returned to the Oilers lineup after missing the last two games with a concussion. The same ailment once again kept Edmonton's leading scorer, Ales Hemsky, out. Shawn Horcoff played despite suffering from back spasms The Islanders were without their leading scorer as well as Doug Weight injured himself in the morning skate in a collision with the goalie. He joins a long list of New York players on the shelf at the moment including Andy Hilbert (fractured foot), Frans Nielsen (leg), Mike Sillinger (hip), Nate Thompson (fractured ankle), Radek Martinek (shoulder) and Andy Sutton (broken foot) If the Islanders fall again in Calgary on Thursday, they will move within one loss of matching their franchise-worst 15-game road skid, set during the 1972-73 season The Oilers wowed a sold out crowd at their skills competition on Sunday as two players set unofficial league records for the event. Erik Cole raced to a fastest ever skating lap of 13.1 seconds and Sheldon Souray unleashed a shot clocked at 106.7 miles per hour, tying a mark held by Chad Kilger.