NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Columbus
(Saturday, December 13th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, NY Islanders 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Chimera's tally with 1:54 remaining in the second period proved to be the game-winner, as the Columbus Blue Jackets topped the struggling New York Islanders, 3-1, at Nationwide Arena.
Fredrik Modin and Andrew Murray also scored for the Blue Jackets, who are 5-0-0 with one tie all-time against the Islanders at home. Rookie Steve Mason, who entered play among the league-leaders with a 2.05 goals-against average, made 24 saves to earn his eighth win of the season.
"The nice part for us was we got goals from support players," said Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock. "We played sound and we played hard."
Richard Park netted a short-handed goal for the Islanders, who have lost six straight games and eight of nine overall. Joey MacDonald was beaten three times on 35 shots in New York's latest setback.
"It was good to get in the game and I got a good feel for the puck," MacDonald said. "I felt good in there tonight; pucks were hitting me and not sneaking through. We just have to keep battling."
After a fruitless opening period, Modin put Columbus on the board 4:01 into the middle stanza with a power-play marker. Chimera made it a 2-0 affair in the final minutes, but Park lit the lamp with 10 seconds left in the second period.
Murray provided some breathing room just past the mid-way point of the third period, and Columbus held on down the stretch.
The Blue Jackets have won four games in a row at Nationwide Arena...The Isles have been outscored 32-12 during their current six-game road losing streak.
12/13 22:51:18 ET