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Hendricks scores twice to lead Oilers past Islanders

by Derek Van Diest /

EDMONTON -- Changes to the roster seem to help the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Sunday, when a number of new players contributed to a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders.

Matt Hendricks scored two goals and Derek Roy had his first with the Oilers. Newcomers Matt Fraser, Rob Klinkhammer and Anton Lander also contributed to the victory.

Fraser scored his second goal in his fourth game with Edmonton. Klinkhammer had an assist in his Oilers debut and Lander had his first assist since being recalled from the American Hockey League. Jordan Eberle also scored for Edmonton, which has earned at least one point in four straight games (2-0-2).

"It's a combination of the [new] coaches and a few new guys in the room," Hendricks said. "It's just a new sense of energy, the expectations have changed. We need to expect to win if we're going to win. I don't think we've hit it at that angle before, but we are right now."

Oilers interim coach Todd Nelson earned his first regulation win since taking over for Dallas Eakins, who was fired on Dec. 15.

Nelson was first joined by general manager Craig MacTavish on the bench through a transition phase, but has worked on his own during this point streak.

"It's a relief," Nelson said. "It was nice to get the goal support tonight and Ben [Scrivens] was very good in net and made some very timely saves. There were a lot of really solid efforts from a number of individuals."

Scrivens made 31 saves for his seventh win of the season.

Johnny Boychuk and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, who saw their three-game win streak end. Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves in the loss.

"I thought we played pretty good and I thought we had some guys that were downright pretty bad," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We gave them three gifts and an empty-netter. We were physical, we did a lot of good things, but at the end of the day it's about execution and there are some guys that need to look in the mirror."

Hendricks scored at 16:59 of the first period to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead after Halak lost possession of the puck behind the net. Halak left to play the puck and was checked by Klinkhammer, who sent it out to Hendricks in front.

Klinkhammer was acquired Friday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, in exchange for forward David Perron.

Eberle increased the Oilers' lead eight seconds into the second period when he took a cross-ice pass from Taylor Hall and sent a wrist shot past Halak to make it 2-0.

Glenn Anderson holds the Oilers record for fastest goal from the start of the period, scoring six seconds into the third period in a 9-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on March 17, 1984.

Boychuk scored for the Islanders at 3:41 on the power play on a shot from the blue line to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Oilers had chances to extend their lead before the end of the period, the best falling to Roy and Teddy Purcell, who broke out on a 2-on-0 breakaway. The two, however, were unable to get a shot off; Roy and Purcell passed the puck back-and-forth to each other until Roy ran out of room and had the puck bounce off his stick and rolled wide.

Roy scored the first of three third-period goals at 2:33 capitalizing on a mistake from Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky behind the net. Visnovsky lost control of the puck circling his net and it bounced off the side of the net to Roy, who fired it past Halak.

"I thought we did a pretty good job closing the game out," Roy said. "In the future, we have to play more in the other team's zone and really smother them. It's a learning process. I thought we did a great job bearing down and blocking shots. We are going to need that."

It was Roy's fourth game with Edmonton; he was acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Mark Arcobello on Dec. 29.

Hendricks scored an empty-net goal at 17:30 to give Edmonton a 4-1 lead. Fraser scored 17 seconds later to make it 5-1 on a wrist shot past Halak.

Nelson scored a power-play goal at 19:29 off a scramble in front of Scrivens.

"We were slow coming out and we let them do some things they wanted to do, give them some credit, but it we were slow and out-worked and just not good enough," said Islanders captain John Tavares, who was minus-3. "It starts with me and being on for three goals against isn't acceptable either. We need a better effort than that, I don't care how good things have been going. We can't get complacent, we just didn't play very well."

The Islanders continue their season-long, seven-game road trip on Tuesday at the Vancouver Canucks. Edmonton hosts the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

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