Koskinen Gets His First NHL Victory, As the Isles Beat The Canadians In The Shootout

By John Panarese

Making 37 saves, including some fairly spectacular ones in the second period, Islander goaltender, Mikko Koskinen earned his first win in the NHL over the Montreal Canadians in Montreal last night.  It was a 4-3 win in which Kyle Okposo scored the only goal in the shootout in the 4th round to give his team the big W.

The Isles trailed at three different points in the game.  Once again, their opponents got the first goal of a game, but John Tavares tied it up later in the first.  After then trailing 2-1 and 3-2, Michael Grabner got the Islanders back in the game each time to eventually send the game beyond regulation.  Grabner now is tied with Matt Moulson and John Tavares for the team lead in goals with 19.

Obviously, Koskinen had some preparation time for this game, and he certainly played with confidence in the game.  It was good to see the 22 year old get the win and the Isles to come away with 2 points.  Frans Nielsen had a couple of assists, including his 100th career point, and Josh Bailey seemed to play with a lot of confidence and skill throughout the game.

There is little time to rest, though.  The Penguins visit the NVMC tonight for a 7 O’clock meeting.  Will we see Al Montoya make his first start in goal as an Islander?

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