Islanders Lose Second In A Row But Still Earn A Point Against Winnipeg

The Isles continued their road trip Sunday night with a game against the Winnipeg Jets hoping to rebound from Friday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston. Although they earned a point, New York ultimately fell short against the home team 5-4 as Winnipeg scored 1:59 into overtime.

The game started well for the Islanders as David Ullstrom was able to score off of a turnover at the 2:34 mark of the first period. Ullstrom came in on a 2-on-1 with only Winnipeg defenseman Tobias Enstrom back. Ullstrom kept the puck and shot, beating Jets goalie Al Montoya to give the Isles a 1-0 lead.  

Winnipeg responded 8 minutes later on a goal by forward Alexei Ponikarovsky. The play started with a hard hit on the Islanders' John Tavares by Alexander Burmistrov behind the Islanders net. With the Isles players looking for a penalty that was not going to come, the Jets continued to work, and managed to score when Ponikarovsky put a loose puck past Isles' starting goaltender, Evgeni Nabokov. (Photo credit: Flickr/clydeorama)

After tying it at one, the momentum was all Winnipeg through the rest of the first and all of the second period.

That momentum paid off 5:13 into the second period as Bryan Little scored to give the Jets their first lead of the game.

The play started once again with hard work by Winnipeg. Jet captain Andrew Ladd worked the puck out of the corner to forward Nik Antropov, who quickly fed Little for a shot from the slot that eluded the Isles goaltender.

New York had little energy or sustained pressure in the period. Their best chance came near the end of the period when Colin MacDonald one-timed a pass in the high slot from Ullstrom.

During the second intermission, MSG's Peter Ruttgaizer asked Islanders assistant coach Doug Weight what he wanted in the third period and Weight responded, "two goals."

The request was granted, and then some!

The scoring opened early in the third as Kyle Okposo fed a streaking Tavares at the Jet blue line. Tavares was able to skate past a fallen Enstrom for a breakaway and beat Montoya.

New York added a goal four and a half minutes later when Matt Moulson redirected a shot from Tavares past the Winnipeg goaltender to give the team its first lead since early in the first period.

With Winnipeg winger Chris Thorburn off for a tripping penalty, the Islanders extended their lead to 4-2 as Mark Streit was able to one-time a Frans Nielsen pass through traffic and past the Jets netminder. Tavares got the second assist for his third point of the evening.

After winning two games in Winnipeg last season, it seemed as if New York was on their way to another victory at the MTS Centre, but the Jets had other ideas.

Ullstrom got called for a hooking penalty, and while he was serving the minor, Jets star and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien blasted a point shot past Nabokov that went in a hair inside the post. It was the first power play goal allowed by New York all season.

Then Winnipeg swarmed.

Burmistrov, taking a pass just outside the right faceoff circle in the Isles end, skated past a flat footed Moulson and slipped a wrister high glove side to tie the game about a minute later.

The Isles took the momentum back and kept pressure on Winnipeg, but could not get a puck past Montoya, who was making his first ever start for the Jets and was facing his old team.

The Jets got the victory 1:59 into the extra frame.

The Isles had possession deep in Jet territory, but Keith Aucoin's centering feed was blocked. The Jets passed the puck out of their zone with only Isles defenseman Brian Strait back. Olli Jokinen, the former Islander, skated into the Islander zone and took a wrister that dribbled past the Isles' goalie, but stopped on the goal line. Star forward Evander Kane popped the loose puck into the net and secured the come from behind victory. (Photo credit: Flickr/cerebusfangirl)

The Islanders will look to stop this two game losing streak when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  

-Donovan Brooks

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