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The Islanders are red hot and looking to remain in the playoff hunt. Not only is the first line getting it done, but all lines are contributing to the team. This is also making it somewhat easier for goaltender Al Montoya who has stepped up big and is making the big saves to clinch the wins.
The Islanders once again took on the Tampa Bay Lightning. This was the third meeting of the teams this season thus far. The first game, the Islanders capped off a 5-1 victory on home ice and than lost 4-1 to the Lightning in Tampa. This game was very similar to the first one with a mix of offense from unlikely players. Marty St. Louis netted the first goal of the game (which was his career 800th career point) to put the Lightning on top 1-0 early.
Have no fear, Johnny Tavares stepped up to take the snipe and end his cold streak making the game 1-1. Who scored the next one? Mr. Matt Martin, after fighting for the puck behind the net, Martin skated up to put the puck home past Garon. Next up to score is the Islanders big man, Milan Jurcina who grabbed the puck and layed it between the pipes. The young sensation David Ullstrom scored his first ever National Hockey League goal with a great pass from Bailey. Now, Matt Moulson couldn’t just sit back and watch all the fun. Moulson scored the Islanders fifth to put them up 5-1 and end the game.
The growing rivalry between the Blackhawks and the Islanders took another turn on Thursday night at the Coliseum. Marion Hossa and Patrick Sharp made the game 2-0 in the second period, but Travis Hamonic put his team within one goal with a great shot from the point. Fans were on edge and the Islanders went in to the third with a five on three powerplay.
The penalties were killed but that did not stop the Islanders from bouncing back. Michael Grabner put one past Crawford to tie the game and lead it to overtime. Much like the week before, the Islanders were once again in a tussle with the Blackhawks for two points. Unfortunately, luck ran out once again. Patrick Sharp scored his second of the night on Montoya to end the game in overtime and claim two points.
A Crosby-less Pittsburgh team once again took Coliseum ice looking sharp. The Islanders started the game with two goals by Ulstrom and Jurcina. They were answered by Sullivan and Neal to go in to the locker room 2-2 at the end of one. Kyle Okposo sniped the puck past Fleury to put his team back up by one. Unfortunately, penalties were not on the Islanders side and it lead to another Neal goal followed by, Dupuis and Cooke. The game ended 6-3 and the Penguins are 3-0 against the Islanders this season.
The fact that the Penguins played Fleury means the they find the Islanders a threat. The Islanders are a powerful team but sometimes just can’t get it done. Wait for this young offense to step up in Montreal, one of the leagues loudest arenas on Tuesday.