NY Islanders 2, Minnesota 1

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, December 17, 2011 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Islanders 10-14-4-2 6-8-3-0 4-6-1-2 W1
Minnesota 20-8-2-3 10-4-1-2 10-4-1-1 L3

Recap

Al Montoya denied all three attempts in the shootout to make Frans Nielsen's second-round tally stand up as the New York Islanders snapped a four-game losing skid with a 2-1 road triumph over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

After Montoya denied Matt Cullen and Marek Zidlicky, Nielsen beat Niklas Backstrom after a quick deke before backhanding the puck under the crossbar. Montoya, who made 20 stops in regulation, then denied Dany Heatley with his glove to preserve the win.

Defenseman Andrew MacDonald opened the scoring midway into the second period.

After Backstrom denied Matt Moulson on a point-blank chance, John Tavares kicked the puck back out to MacDonald, who blasted a shot from the point to open the scoring. Both of MacDonald's goals this season and three of his seven in his career have come at the expense of the Wild.

Cal Clutterbuck leveled the contest at 8:22 of the third period after a failed clear gave Heatley a shot on goal. While Montoya made the stop, Clutterbuck settled the loose puck and tapped it into the net.

Backstrom turned aside 35 shots, but Minnesota has lost three straight after a season-high seven-game winning streak.

Top Game Performances

NY Islanders   Minnesota
Andrew MacDonald 1 Points Cal Clutterbuck 1
Andrew MacDonald 1 Goals Cal Clutterbuck 1
Matt Moulson 1 Assists Matt Cullen 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Al Montoya .952 Save Percentage Niklas Backstrom .972
Al Montoya 20 Saves Niklas Backstrom 35

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 36 2 0-2 1-1 2 27
Minnesota 21 1 0-1 2-2 4 26

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Minnesota . The Wild have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .462 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg . The Islanders have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .286 after a loss.
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