In the second game of a back to back, the Islanders secured two important points against one of the league’s worst teams.
Doug Weight brought out a new lineup prior to this one. Anthony Beauvillier moved to his natural position of center, surrounded by Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera. Stephen Gionta also made his return to the ice on the 4th line.
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Sloppy ice had the puck bouncing all over the place at the start. The Isles had one power play in the 1st, but nothing to show for it.
Halfway into the period, a bad turnover at the blue line put Joe Colborne all alone in the slot and he beat Berube to put Colorado up 1-0.
It was the third straight games the Islanders didn’t score the first goal.
The Isles answered with tons of pressure in the offense zone but couldn’t beat Calvin Pickard.
They were knocking on the door for most of the period and with 7:59 left in the period a Nick Leddy wrist shot beat Pickard to tie the game at 1.
Back into the lineup, Gionta made a nice pass to Leddy and Kulemin helped the cause with a great screen in front of the net.
It was an up and down period and the two was tied at the first intermission. The Isles responded well after allowing the first goal but didn’t finish the period strong.
The Islanders have had tons of success in recent second periods and that continued on Sunday.
After two Colorado penalties, the Isles had a golden opportunity with a 5 on 3 halfway into the period.
Tavares made a tremendous pass to a wide-open Ryan Strome who tapped in the goal to put the Islanders on top.