The New York Islanders lost another very close Overtime game Tuesday Night against the visiting Vancouver Canucks 5-4.
The Islanders 3rd overtime loss of the season came in a game where the Islanders were missing two key players. Islanders Right Wing Michael Grabner was benched after being suspended for two games after hitting Carolina Hurricanes Forward Nathan Gerbe in the head in the last game, and Lubomir Visnovsky the Islanders Veteran Defenseman was placed on injured reserve after he suffered a concussion in the very same game.
Islanders Rookie Brock Nelson started the offense off with his very first NHL goal, shortly before teammate Matt Moulson tallied another goal on the Power Play to give the Islanders the early 2-0 lead.
That lead didn’t last long as Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler answered 15 seconds after Moulson’s goal, and Canucks Daniel Sedin ended the 1st period by tying the game 2-2.
The 2nd period opened with Matt Moulson scoring on the Power Play for the second time on the night to give the Islanders the lead once again. Vancouver answered for a second time, Henrik Sedin scored on a wrist shot to tie the game 3-3, before hometown hero Chris Higgins of Smithtown, NY ended the 2nd period with the final tally giving the Canucks the 4-3 lead at the break.
The 3rd period went back and forth, but Vancouver Goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped even the most challenging of shots. For the Islanders all hope seemed lost, until a power play sparked energy in both the crowd and the desperate team. After the Power Play expired the Islanders pulled Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov for the man advantage and Frans Nielsen tied the game with 1.12 left in the game.
After overcoming what seemed to be a bigger deficit than what it was, due to Luongo’s impressive performance in net, 4 on 4 Overtime hockey began. Vancouver controlled the play in Overtime, and after shutting out the Islanders on the shot list for the period, Vancouver’s Brad Richardson won the game on a wrist shot in front of Nabokov, as Kevin Bieksa crashed the net.
Three Stars of the Game
1) D. Sedin
2) Matt Moulson
3) Ryan Kesler