Quincey’s OT goal caps Avs’ rally vs. Islanders
Kyle Quincey scored a power-play goal 2:39 into overtime and
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves, helping the Colorado
Avalanche rally from a three-goal deficit and beat the slumping New
York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night.
With the Avalanche on the advantage following a high-sticking
penalty against goalie Al Montoya, Quincey sent a shot in from near
the blue line.
Paul Stastny, Milan Hejduk and Jan Hejda added goals for the
Avalanche, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Josh Bailey, Brian Rolston and Michael Grabner scored for the
Islanders, who led 3-0 until the final minute of the second
Then, the momentum shifted.
Montoya was sensational, turning in one sprawling save after
another. But he surrendered a goal to Stastny with 21 seconds left
in the second on a 5-on-3 power play and another to Hejduk that
trickled through his legs with nearly 14 minutes remaining in
Hejda tied it at 3 when his shot caught Montoya by surprise,
sneaking into the net under Montoya’s arm.
Giguere settled in after allowing three early goals in his first
home start for the Avalanche. Nothing shook him late, not even
Grabner running into him and sending his mask flying and the net
off its pegs.
The Islanders were on the power play for the final 1:43 of
regulation after Daniel Winnik was called for goaltender
interference after colliding with Montoya. But the Avalanche killed
off the penalty to get the game into overtime.
Horrific at home this season, the Avalanche changed some things
up against the Islanders.
Colorado coach Joe Sacco started Giguere in net and benched Jay
McClement, who had played every game this season but has just one
The team also called a players’ only meeting – not to point
fingers but to drive home the importance of finishing games at
home, where the Avs won for just the second time this season.
The Islanders demonstrated they have more weapons on offense
than just John Tavares, who entered with eight of New York’s 25
goals (32 percent), the highest percentage in the NHL.
On a night when Tavares was held in check, his teammates picked
up the slack.
Grabner gave the Islanders a comfortable three-goal lead when he
scored on a pass from Matt Moulson midway through the second.
That was after Rolston fired a shot past Giguere just 34 seconds
into the second. It was the Islanders’ fastest goal to start a
period this season.
Bailey scored his first goal of the season when he redirected a
shot from defenseman Mark Streit past Giguere.
Moments earlier, the Avalanche thought they had a goal when
David Jones poked the puck into the net with Montoya sprawled on
the ice. But the referee waved it off, ruling he blew the play dead
before the puck trickled in.
Avalanche forward Peter Mueller missed another game because of a
Mueller took part in the morning skate, but Sacco said he wasn’t
ready to play yet. Mueller has been in only three games for the Avs
this season after sitting out all of last season with
”All we can do is stay patient with him,” Sacco said. ”He’ll
get back in that lineup pretty soon.”
NOTES: Avs F Cody McLeod took a stick to the face in the opening
period that cut open the side of his nose. He sat on the bench as
the trainers fixed him up. … The Avs are 5-0 against the Eastern
Conference this season. … Islanders G Evgeni Nabokov was
scratched, as Rick DiPietro served as Montoya’s backup.