NHL Game Summary - Colorado at NY Islanders
(Monday, March 2nd)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Colorado 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Yann Danis needed to make just 20 saves to help the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Nassau Coliseum.
Jeff Tambellini had a goal and an assist while Bruno Gervais, Dean McAmmond and Jesse Joensuu each had a goal for the Islanders, who have won their last two games.
Ryan Smyth scored twice while Andrew Raycroft surrendered all four goals on 31 shots for the Avalanche, who tied their season-high with their fifth straight loss.
"Not good enough, again," Smyth said. "They outworked us over there."
The Islanders scored the only goal of the first period with 6:45 left in the frame as McAmmond's wrister from the top of the right circle squeezed between the pads of Raycroft.
Colorado tied the game with a power-play goal just 33 seconds into the second. Milan Hejduk had the puck at the top of the left circle and dished it to the low left side for Paul Stastny, who sent it over to the right for an easy slam by Smyth.
The Islanders answered less than two minutes later as during a scrum in front Joensuu slammed the puck into the net for his first career goal in his first career game.
New York took a 3-1 lead with 6:56 left in the second. On the fly, Jon Sim let loose with a wrister from the right circle that Raycroft stopped, but the rebound went out front where Gervais slammed it home.
Colorado made it a one-goal game just 1:02 into the third period on Smyth's wraparound from the right side.
However, New York was able to reestablish its two-goal lead a bit less than four minutes later. Mark Streit had the puck in his own end and raced down the ice. From the high slot he dished it over to the left side where Tambellini wristed it under the glove of Raycroft.
Colorado pulled Raycroft with less than two minutes to play and had several good opportunities in the New York end, but Danis came up with a couple of big saves to help New York hang on for the win.
"I thought it was a great effort," Isles head coach Scott Gordon said. "Good goaltending, good defense. I thought, obviously, we had pretty good extended zone time. As a result, we kept them on their heels."
The Islanders host the Rangers on Thursday...Colorado, which went 1-5-0 on its season-high six-game road trip, hosts Detroit on Wednesday...Sim finished the game with three assists...Colorado is just 11-21-1 as the visitor this season...New York is 14-13-5 at home this season...Colorado went 1-for-3 on the power play while New York failed to score on either of its two chances.
03/03 00:12:01 ET