There has to be a point where the New York Islanders pick up a win. Last night seemed like the perfect time to break out of their funk, facing an Atlanta Thrashers team that has picked up only 21 points in as many games. However, the Thrashers showed the Isles just how much better they are as a team.
After Michael Grabner got the Isles on the board and the lead with his fourth goal of the season, Nik Antropov countered with an early, third period, powerplay goal which would eventually send the game into overtime. Dustin Byfuglien would seal the victory with his League-leading (for defenseman) seventh goal of the year.
Meanwhile in Detroit, the Red Wings came back to defeat the Calgary Flames in dramatic fashion. After finding themselves in a 3-1 and then 4-2 hole, the team climbed out of it without winger Dan Cleary, tying the game with four seconds left and eventually winning in overtime. Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals at the end of the third period to tie the score before Nicklas Lidstrom put in the game winner in extra innings. Pavel Datsyuk also put up three points, including assists on both of Zetterberg’s markers.
On the other hand, Jarome Iginla showed no signs of slowing down. After scoring a hat trick the night before, Iggy put in two and assisted on another giving him six points in just over 24 hours. Seems like he has something left in the tank after all.
In Edmonton, the lowly Oilers handed the Anaheim Ducks their fifth loss in a row by beating them 4-2. The team balanced their scoring relatively equally with Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky the only two players finishing with more than a point. Taylor Hall, Tom Gilbert and Sam Gagner also scored for the Oil as they held off the Ducks and gave Devan Dubnyk his first win of the season. Saku Koivu and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Ducks, who now have 23 points in as many games.
Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks took the loss for the second straight night as they fell to the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2. The Coyotes, who have now won six straight, got a tally from Scottie Upshall and two out of Taylor Pyatt to squeak by a powerful team. By contrast, the Canucks countered with goals from Tanner Glass and Christian Ehrhoff as they dropped their fourth straight game.
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