Islanders Reclaim Top Spot in Division

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UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders makes the third period save on Jiri Hudler #24 of the Calgary Flames at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Flames 2-1. Halak set an Islander record for most wins in a season with 33. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

TONIGHT’S RECAP

The New York Islanders reclaim the top spot in the Metropolitan Division by defeating the Calgary Flames 2-1.

Jaroslav Halak set a franchise record by winning his 33rd contest of the season breaking a record he briefly shared with Billy Smith, Chris Osgood and Rick DiPietro.

“He’s played unbelievable and he’s pretty well deserving of that record,” Travis Hamonic said after tallying an assist in the contest. “He’s been one of our best players all season long, he has been our backbone. Its nice to be playing in front of him, it makes our job a lot easier.”

Ryan Strome scored a power-play goal in the first period to give the Islanders a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Calgary hasn’t surrendered a power-play goal in their previous thirteen games.

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Ryan  Strome #18 of the New York Islanders (l) celebrates his powerplay goal at 11:39 of the first period against the Calgary Flames at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

UNIONDALE, NY – FEBRUARY 27: Ryan Strome #18 of the New York Islanders (l) celebrates his powerplay goal at 11:39 of the first period against the Calgary Flames at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Cal Clutterbuck appeared to have scored a goal in the third period but the referee waived it off. Brock Nelson was checked into the Flames goaltender, Karri Ramo, and somehow the referee interpreted that as goalie interference.

“It gets frustrating for your team but again, there is nothing you can do about it,” Jack Capuano explained. “For us it’s just about making sure we maintain our focus. I thought right after that we had a couple of real good shifts in the offensive zone and the crowd got into it.”

Cal Clutterbuck eventually got rewarded for his hard work by scoring an empty netter to seal the deal. However, Halak’s shutout was not to be as Josh Jooris redirected a shot with just over 20 seconds remaining.

Calgary certainly had some chances early on, transitioning from defense to offense with ease but the Islanders found a way to tighten up.

“It is a team that we don’t quite see that often,” Hamonic said. “There is always a bit of a feeling out process in the first 10-15 minutes when you are playing one of those teams out west that you see twice a year. They were definitely coming in the first period. We were aware of that and as a group we made some tiny little tweaks.”

The Islanders face Carolina tomorrow and will have to prepare a little bit differently with an earlier than usual start time.

“You pray for a good sleep,” Thomas Hickey told Islanders Insight. “You need that good rest in you and right now its just about doing those little things… Mentally you have to turn the page, Carolina played tonight as well. Advantage goes to whoever prepares better.”

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Travis Hamonic led the team by playing just over 26 minutes.
  • Anders Lee and Josh Bailey each had four shots on goal to lead the team
  • Calvin de Haan blocked three shots
  • The Islanders won 50% of the face-offs including 2/3 on the PP
  • Dennis Wideman played over 30 minutes with Mark Giordano out with an undisclosed upper body injury.
  • Brock Nelson drew three penalties on the night.

INSIGHT’S THREE STARS

  • 3. Brock Nelson
  • 2. Cal Clutterbuck
  • 1. Jaroslav Halak

STATISTICS

Game Summary

GAME VIDEO

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