Strong 3rd period lifts Isles to win

Ahhh - the sweet smell of victory....(Picture by G. Harding)

Ding Dong – the streak is over….

It took a great effort from the Isles in the third stanza to get the victory over the SouthEast Division leading Washington Capitals.

The effort brought forth by the Islanders paid off.

Secondary scoring, a major issue with this team, was prevalent tonight with efforts by Brian Rolston (his first), and Matt Martin (his second), being solid contributors tonight.  In fact – the fourth line for the Islanders, Josh Bailey, Martin and Jay Pandolfo played a strong game.  Although they played 9 and 10 minutes – their contributions were huge.

The new second line of Pa Parenteau, Frans Nielsen and Brian Rolston were large for the Islanders, getting three goals and took 9 of the 35 shots for the home team.

“The line changes worked out,” Parenteau said to the media after the game. “We were struggling to find goals and we found them. We were doing the little things and got rewarded.”

John Tavares sealed the game with just over a minute left getting his team leading 8th of the season.

The coach – after the game – was happy with the work that his team gave tonight, and the calm demeanor was evident to the media at his end-of-game press conference. 

 “It was a relief for the guys,” Capuano said. “We believe in one another. It was a good win. Everybody’s giving more.”

Now the goals need to come on the road for the Islanders, who are 0-2-1 away from Uniondale, start a three game trip on Monday, when they head to Beantown to see the Bruins, who whitewashed the Maple Leafs tonight in Toronto 7-0.  The Bruins and Isles are sharing the last two spots in the conference.  The Isles then head to Colorado, and then visit Vancouver before heading back home for a three game home stand starting with the Rangers on November 15th.

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