Islanders feast on some home-cooking

December 12, 2009

Frans Nielsen beat Tim Thomas for the game winner in overtime


The Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak with Frans Nielsen’s breakaway backhander 24 seconds into overtime. Dwayne Roloson was great once again in goal and held the Islanders in the game despite being outshot 17-3 by the Bruins in the third period.Matt Moulson had a goal and an assist for the Islanders (12-13-7), Rob Schremp scored his first NHL goal, and Kyle Okposo had two assists.

“That one was from juniors,” Schremp joked. “That was fun. I was excited. It was just nice to see the goal get past the line.”

David Krejci and Michael Ryder scored for Boston. The Bruins (16-9-6) had won two straight and were 8-1-1 in their previous 10.

Not the prettiest win for the Islanders, but they found a way to beat a strong Boston team to begin a well-deserved home stretch after spending 14 of 17 games on the road.

“I had to punch it into my GPS just to find my way to the rink, but it’s nice to get back and play here” Roloson joked. “Anytime you get a win at home it’s big.”

In the two teams’ previous two meetings in Boston, the Bruins had their hands full with the Islanders, having to rally from three goals down to win 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 10 and then falling 4-1 on Nov. 16. And this third game followed the same pattern.

After a turnover in the Islanders’ end, Blake Comeau sent Nielsen in on a breakaway against goalie Tim Thomas, and Nielsen went to his backhand at the last instant to end it.

The Islanders struck just 3:58 into the game against the Bruins, who arrived with the NHL’s No. 1 ranked penalty-killing unit after fending off the previous 16 power plays.

But after Boston was penalized for having too many men on the ice, Moulson got stopped in front by Thomas, and the puck deflected to Schremp behind the goal line at the right side of the net. The center banked it in off Thomas’ right skate for a 1-0 lead.

Boston would score the next two goals, but John Tavares backhanded a puck from behind the Bruins’ net to Moulson in front, and the left wing scored his 15th to tie it at 2-2 with 5:18 remaining in the second.

Nielsen won it in overtime to give the Isles a much needed two points.


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