NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at NY Islanders
(Monday, November 17th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, Vancouver 1 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Frans Nielsen scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the New York Islanders edged the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1.
Joey MacDonald stopped 31-of-32 shots for the Isles, who won their third straight after a three-game losing streak. Doug Weight tallied the lone regulation score for New York.
Roberto Luongo, just recently removed from his amazing team-record shutout streak that topped 240 minutes, had 34 saves for the Canucks but let in Nielsen's score in the shootout. Pavol Demitra scored the only goal for Vancouver, which had won four of five entering play.
"They're all tough, you don't want to lose any games," said Luongo. "We had a great first period, really played well. We went away from that in the second period, it cost us a goal and that's basically the story of the game.
Demitra gave the Canucks the lead just 49 seconds into regulation. Daniel Sedin fed Demitra, who ripped the puck past MacDonald for his third goal of the season.
The lead would not stand up, though, as Weight scored on the power play in the second period to tie the game. Bill Guerin took the feed from Weight and sent it back to the Isles center, who unloaded a slapshot that deflected off the stick of a Canucks defenseman and past Luongo at 14:35.
Neither team broke through in the third period or the overtime, and Nielsen's goal on the first shot of the shootout gave New York the edge. MacDonald kept Vancouver from scoring, as his poke-check of Alex Burrows sealed the win.
"Lesson learned is that we're not out of the game as long as we get back to doing what we need to do to be successful," said Isles head coach Scott Gordon. "Just because we get down early, it's not the end of the game."
Vancouver did not score in four power plays, while Weight's goal was the lone power play score for New York in five chances...Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton played in his 500th career game...The Canucks are 1-4 with a pair of ties in their last seven games at the Isles.
11/18 02:29:19 ET