NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at NY Islanders
(Saturday, December 10th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Edmonton 2 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Alexei Yashin and Trent Hunter both scored in the shootout session to lift the New York Islanders over the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, at Nassau Coliseum.
Hunter also scored in regulation for the Islanders, who have won three of their last four games. Arron Asham netted the other goal in regulation and Rick DiPietro made 27 saves in the win.
"It was nice to see us stay strong in the overtime and kill off that penalty and win it in the shootout," said DiPietro.
Fernando Pisani and Chris Pronger scored for the Oilers, who lost for just the third time in their last eight games. Ales Hemsky scored in the shootout, while Jussi Markkanen allowed two goals on 24 shots faced in the loss.
"They didn't have any momentum at all after the first period," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "We played pretty much a flawless first period and could have come out of it up a couple. We didn't capitalize on the amount of opportunities we had and the few shots we did take we missed the net on a lot of them."
After Yashin's goal glove side in the first round of the shootout, Hemsky countered with a tally in round two. It came down to the third skaters as Ryan Smyth was stopped by DiPietro before Hunter went top right corner for the win.
New York almost won the game in regulation, but couldn't hold a late lead.
With 2:35 remaining in the game, the Islanders' Brent Sopel was called for a high sticking double minor, giving the Oilers a four-minute power play to try to net the equalizer.
Edmonton never got setup in the first minute of the man advantage, but with 1:04 left in the third, Pronger took a pass in the slot from Hemsky and his snap shot beat DiPietro to tie the contest.
The Oilers stayed on the power play but never got a shot off, sending the game into overtime. Edmonton would then carry the extra skater into the overtime frame, a 4-on-3 advantage, but again could not muster a scoring chance.
Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff was called for hooking at the 2:51 mark of the extra frame, setting up the Islanders with a power play that they also could not convert.
The Oilers took a 1-0 lead at the 13:31 mark of the first period after Pisani's shot from the right circle hit the stick of Islanders defenseman Bruno Gervais and slipped underneath DiPietro.
"(DiPietro) kept us in the game," said Islanders head coach Steve Stirling. "The second period was a little better. It could have been over after one but (DiPietro) made some key saves and got us to the intermission at 1-0."
New York would tie the game at 1-1 on the power play with 4:11 remaining in the second as Asham deflected a Brad Lukowich blast from the point past the netminder.
The Islanders went up 2-1 after a power-play tally in the third at the 10:44 mark. Chris Campoli let loose a shot from the point that was deflected by Hunter in the slot past Markkanen for a one-goal edge.
Hemsky recorded his 19th assist of the season...Asham and Hunter both netted their fifth goals of the year...New York finished 2-for-7 on the power play, compared to Edmonton's 1-for-9 with the man advantage.
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