Isles get shootout win

Rob Schremp had just one goal in his 18 games with the New York

Islanders this season.

Even so, Islanders coach Scott Gordon called for Schremp when

their game against Columbus went to a shootout, and the 23-year-old

responded by scoring the extra session’s only goal to give New York

a 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

“He’s one of our most skilled players,” Gordon said. “His hands

are second to none on our team. It wasn’t a hard decision to pick

him for the shootout.”

Dwayne Roloson made 41 saves and Josh Bailey scored his first

goal in more than a month for the Islanders.

R.J. Umberger’s backhand goal with 10:13 left in regulation

salvaged a point for the Blue Jackets, who are 2-13 in December and

have lost 10 of 11.

The Islanders won for just the third time in the last eight home

games while the Blue Jackets lost their 12th straight on the

road.

“We’re finally getting everything we need to do at home,”

Roloson said. “For us the simpler we keep our game, the better we

are.”

Schremp, who has just one regulation goal in 18 games, beat

Steve Mason off a forehand deke after Jeff Tambellini and Frans

Nielsen shot wide.

Mason made 24 saves.

In the shootout, Roloson made pad stop on Kristian Huselius,

Rick Nash and Fedor Tyutin to secure the win.

“That’s from being lucky and knowing the guy for a while,”

Roloson said. “Rick likes to do a couple of different things. I

just tried to stay with him as best as I could.”

Columbus played its third straight one-goal game. The Jackets

beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 Monday and earned points in two

consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 9-10.

“We’re playing better defensively and that’s huge for this

team,” Umberger said. “For so long we struggled giving up 5-6

goals. We scored so many but we couldn’t keep that pace up. The

defense is getting there and we have to build off it.”

Bailey’s rebound goal snapped his 14-game goalless streak and

opened the scoring 10:04 in.

Mason made the initial save, deflecting Kyle Okposo’s high-slot

wrist shot with the top of his glove. The puck trickled behind the

netminder as Bailey crashed the right post and knocked it past the

goal line despite defenseman Jan Hejda’s heavy pressure.

“I completely saw it,” Mason said. “It just hit off my glove

and the perimeter of my glove bent in and it flipped over. It’s

frustrating to have a goal like that go in because of an equipment

thing.”

The goal was credited to Okposo before being changed, making it

Bailey’s first score since Nov. 27 against Pittsburgh.

Mason kept the Blue Jackets down just a goal with back-to-back

quality saves against Schremp and Matt Moulson.

Roloson was even sharper, turning aside 14 shots in each of the

opening two periods. The 40-year-old had 40 or more saves for the

second time this season.

“He hasn’t had too many off nights,” Gordon said. “Since the

first month he’s really elevated his game and has given us a chance

to win almost every game.”

The Blue Jackets tied the game at 9:47 of the third. Nash kept

the puck alive at the blue line with a dump-in and Umberger

collected it and moved around Richard Park before firing a spinning

backhand from the low right circle for his 13th goal.

The Islanders power play is 1 for 37 in the past nine games.

New York controlled play in overtime, holding a 4-2 shot

advantage punctuated by Bailey’s shot off the post in the final

minute.