03/11 00:36 CDT Isles score 7 in 3rd period, rally to top Canucks
Isles score 7 in 3rd period, rally to top Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) --- Matt Martin scored the winner in the
Islanders' seven-goal third period, and New York erased a three-goal deficit in
the final frame to beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 on Monday night.
Martin made it 5-4 at 10:04 for the third for the Islanders, who reversed a
recent trend and rallied late instead of squandering a lead.
Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Calvin de Haan, Frans Nielsen, Anders Lee and Cal
Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders (25-33-9), who scored four times in
the first 6:22 of the third.
The Islanders tied the team record for goals in a period, matching the mark set
in the second period of a 9-4 win over the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, 1978.
Chris Higgins, Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler and Chris Tanev scored for the Canucks
(29-28-10), who lost for the 12th time in 14 games.
Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves in the win. Eddie Lack stopped 21 shots for the
The Islanders let two-goal leads get away in the third periods of losses to
Edmonton and Calgary on consecutive nights last week.
New York went 2-1-1 on its four-game trip and improved to 8-22-2 when trailing
after two periods this season. The Islanders are only 9-6-5 when leading after
Vancouver was ahead 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 following the second
before allowing the Islanders back in it.
New York's first three goals came on power plays, and Nielsen's goal came right
after another Vancouver penalty had expired.
Higgins opened the scoring on a power play at 15:16 when he put in a backhand
after Yannick Weber's slap shot hit the post.
Henrik Sedin put the Canucks ahead 2-0 at 4:52 of the second as he put a shot
in off Clutterbuck from the behind the net for his first goal in 24 games.
Canucks rookie Nicklas Jensen, recently called up from the AHL, earned his
first NHL point with an assist.
Kesler made it 3-0 about five minutes later when he put in Kevin Bieksa's
rebound off the goal post. Alex Burrows earned an assist for his 300th NHL
Bailey started the comeback at 1:13 of the third while Jensen was serving a
slashing penalty that carried over from the second period.
Strome and de Haan scored power-play goals 22 seconds apart to tie it.
Nielsen put the Islanders ahead 4-3 just under three minutes later with a shot
from the wing.
The crowd let out a huge roar of relief when Tanev tied it 4-4 at 9:54.
Martin, however, gave the Isles the lead only 10 seconds later on a backhand
from the slot, and Lee padded New York's lead 1:44 after that.
Lee put in Okposo's rebound off defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who had tended the goal
while Lack was caught out of position following the initial save on the first
of three New York shots.
Clutterbuck added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
NOTES: The Islanders had seven rookies in their lineup. ... New York lost
forward Michael Grabner late in the second period after he collided with Tanev.
... Canucks forward Zack Kassian served the second of a three-game suspension.
... Islanders D Thomas Hickey is the only player to dress for all of New York's
67 games this season.