Post-game for 3/5/13: Isles Defeat Streaking Habs
Steve Giangaspro on Wed, 2013-03-06 10:20
On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders took the ice with a new found confidence. This new beaming attitude carried over from their shoot out win against Ottawa on Sunday.
It would be a stretch to say that the home woes are in the past completely. However, there is optimism among the fan base after stringing together two impressive wins at the Coliseum over teams from Canada.
The most promising feature of Tuesday's game had to be the energy that the players exhibited. There was a jump in their step and the Isles kept the pressure on all night long. The Isles' excellent game could be captured in one picture of Casey Cizikas dumping his Montreal foe into the New York bench.
The Isles did not get the start they were looking for. Plekanac snapped a shot past Nabokov just 5:21 into the first period immediately creating a deficit that they had to crawl out of. In front of a Montreal filled audience, the Islanders had to hope to only go into the locker room trailing by 1.
Although the team did not get the start they wanted in the 1st period, Matt Moulson set the tone in the 2nd. Just 1:23 into the 2nd period, Matty snapped a shot past Price to tie the game 1-1.
After continued strong play throughout the period, their hard work paid off with a rare power play goal by Matt Martin. It was Martin's 2nd goal of the year and his first since the second game of the year against Tampa Bay. This made it 2-1.
A little over 40 seconds later, Grabner let loose a wrister that beat Price to build the Isles lead to 3-1 at 12:58. The Islanders kept their energy up and they seemed like they may be able to coast towards an easy win.
However, PK Subban had other plans. After taking a penalty, the Isles penalty kill was burned by the slap shot cutting the lead to 3-2 at 16:49 in the 2nd.
That's where the teams stood after two competitive periods.
Lost in all of this was the fact that the Islanders were outhitting and simply outplaying the first place team in all of the Eastern Conference.
Moving into the 3rd period, the Isles were only able to withstand a newly motivated and rested Montreal team. Brian Gionta connected with his 7th of the year after a deflection tied the score 3-3.
All fans of the orange and blue took a deep breath. This is where it was supposed to go sour.
But that nervous feeling didn't last long as the Isles were able to reclaim the lead with a rare Radek Martinek goal that made it 4-3. It was Martinek's first goal since the beginning of last season.
The team never looked back and eventually added a John Tavares wrist shot and a Casey McDonald empty netter to seal the 6-3 win.
The impressive showing moved the team's home record to 4-8-1. The Isles are 2-2-1 on this 7 game homestand with two games left.
The next time the fans will see the Islanders is against the Rangers on Thursday night at the Old Barn. They will look to extend their winning streak to three.