Isles Beat the Avalanche in Overtime, and Kevin Poulin Gets His First NHL Victory

By John Panarese

After giving up 2 goals within the first 2 minutes of the game, the Islanders managed to fight back and eventually win at the Pepsi Center in overtime on a John Tavares goal.  This was also after they lost a 3-2 lead with just 4 seconds left in the third period.  Kevin Poulin, facing 37 shots, earned his first win in the NHL with his effort.

Jeremy Colliton, who was just called up from Bridgeport and who signed a two-way contract with the Isles only a few months ago, scored 2 goals, the 1st and 3rd goals for the Islanders.  He was originally drafted by the Islanders, but spent the last few years in Sweden before signing back with the Sound Tigers in September.  His parents had come from Calgary to watch him play, which was the first time they had ever seen him play and NHL game.

Blake Comeau scored the 2nd goal for the Islanders, and their 3 regulation goals all came on the power play.  Andrew Mac-Donald picked up another assist, and Comeau had a helper to add to his goal.  Despite the heart-breaking tying goal in the closing moments of the game, it was great to see the Isles not let that get them down.  It, to me, shows a lot of character as a team, and JT’s power move out to the front of the net was another positive sign of his confidence continuing to grow.  The Avalanche certainly did not want to lose that game, so it was another impressive effort for the young Islanders overall.

It is onto Chicago tonight to meet the Black Hawks to complete their 5 game road trip in which they have won 3 of 4 so far.  On Tuesday, the Canucks come a calling, and despite Detroit cooling them off last night, they have been playing extremely well themselves, having won 8 in a row prior to the loss.  It would be nice to close out this road trip winning 4 out of 5, so keep it going boys!

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