NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Dallas|
(Sunday, January 12th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Dallas 2
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders extended both their
road winning streak and Dallas' woes in dramatic fashion, scoring three times
in the final 4:16 of the third period for a 4-2 win over the falling Stars.
Kyle Okposo had two goals, including the game-tying marker, for the Islanders,
who have won four straight and seven in a row as the visiting club. John
Tavares put New York ahead with 1:24 remaining before Brock Nelson added an
Kevin Poulin gave up two first-period goals to the Stars, but recovered to
finish with 29 saves.
"I thought we were watching a little bit, but again we were still right
there," said Islanders head coach Jack Capuano. "We came in in the second and
we came back out and we started to get going a little bit. We tried to
activate our D a little more and apply a little more pressure on the forecheck
and things started to come for us."
Dan Ellis stopped 27 shots for Dallas, which has dropped its last six games --
all in regulation.
The Islanders drew even at 2-2 when Okposo fired a shot from the top of the
right circle in off the far post.
Tavares, who recorded his fifth career hat trick and added two assists in a
7-3 home win against the Stars last Monday, was skating down the right wing
and converted Calvin de Haan's crossing pass to put New York on top.
Shortly after Ellis was pulled for an extra skater, Nelson netted the
"When you're struggling as a group, instead of finding ways to win you find
ways to lose, and that's kind of where we're at right now," said Stars forward
Dallas built a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period on goals by Whitney and
Vernon Fiddler retrieved a dump-in and chipped the puck behind the net to Alex
Chiasson and he dished out front to Whitney, who beat Poulin on a shot from
the left circle at 11:45.
Gonchar then pinched in from his point position to force a turnover and lit
the lamp for the first time this season with 1:48 left.
Okposo scored off a Thomas Vanek feed at 10:47 of the second period.
The Islanders are one win shy of matching the longest road winning streak in
franchise history: eight games from Feb. 27-Mar. 29, 1981 ... Vanek and de
Haan both had two assists.
01/12 22:05:03 ET