NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at NY Islanders|
(Thursday, October 17th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Edmonton 2
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - John Tavares scored the go-ahead goal late
in the second period while adding an assist in the New York Islanders' 3-2
victory over the struggling Edmonton Oilers from Nassau Coliseum.
Kyle Okposo recorded a goal and an assist as well to help put the Islanders
back in the win column following an 0-2-1 stretch. Josh Bailey also scored for
New York and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 27-of-29 shots in the triumph.
Taylor Hall accounted for both Oilers' goals, which came a mere eight seconds
apart late in the first period. Edmonton failed to generate much offensively
the rest of the way, however, en route to a fifth straight defeat that dropped
the young club to 1-6-1 under first-year head coach Dallas Eakins.
Devan Dubnyk finished with 37 saves for the Oilers in a losing cause.
"This is where Duby takes over and starts playing like we know he can," said
Hall. "It would have been nice to get a win for him."
Hall's scoring binge staked Edmonton to a 2-1 edge after one period, but the
Oilers' 30th-ranked penalty-killing unit couldn't hold the lead after Luke
Gadzic was called for tripping with just under four minutes elapsed in the
Okposo blasted home a Matt Moulson pass a little over a minute into the power
play for the equalizer, and the Islanders killed off three minor penalties
following the goal to keep the contest knotted at 2-2.
"Your goalie has to be your best player on the penalty kill," said Islanders
coach Jack Capuano. "They seamed us quite a few times on that PK in the second
period and had a couple one-timers. [Nabokov] made some big saves for us and
really that was the turning point."
Tavares sent the Islanders in front 1:07 prior to the second intermission. The
New York captain skated into center ice to take in a feed from Okposo, then
whipped a rising shot over Dubnyk's right shoulder for a 3-2 Islanders'
New York was able to stay ahead by controlling the action for the majority of
the third period, holding the Oilers to only one shot over the first 13
"It was good to see us come away with a pretty complete game in terms of the
way we have to play and how hard we have to play," said Tavares. "Obviously,
we had a couple letdowns with their goals, but we responded well."
Though Edmonton managed to produce more scoring chances in the game's latter
stages, a hooking call on Justin Schultz with 1:49 left all but sealed its
The Oilers were outplayed for much of the opening period as well, but still
stood on top at the conclusion of the session behind 15 saves from Dubnyk and
a sensational shift out of Hall.
With Edmonton down 1-0, Schultz delivered a cross-ice give to Hall that the
former No. 1 overall pick buried into an open side with 4:08 to go in the
period. After the Oilers moved the puck into the New York zone on the ensuing
faceoff, Hall raced in from the left wing to knock in a rebound of Mark
Arcobello's initial attempt.
The two goals were the fastest by one player in Oilers' history, breaking
Wayne Gretzky's record of nine seconds set against St. Louis on Feb. 18, 1981.
Bailey gave the Islanders the early upper hand by one-timing a Travis Hamonic
pass from the right slot midway through the first period.
The Islanders extended their run of non-playoff home games with at least one
point to 10 dating back to last season, having gone 7-0-3 over that stretch
... Edmonton fell to 0-6-1 in its last seven road meetings with New York and
hasn't won at Nassau Coliseum since Dec. 14, 1989 ... Tavares increased his
point-scoring streak to six games, during which he's notched four goals and
five assists ... Arcobello assisted on both Hall goals ... Six of the
Islanders' seven games this season have been one-goal affairs.
10/18 00:47:29 ET