After some brutal losses, a good home win to end the year for the Isles

By Gary Harding

There were moments that the game seemed as exciting as pouring gallons of heavy, thick oil into a container.

Yea – that gives you a lot of thoughts, eh?

However, the third period featured a lot of goals, and exciting moments that brought the Islanders to a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets last night.  Michael Grabner got two goals in the third period, one from a penalty shot, and one nicely deflected goal with under a minute remaining to seal the victory.

With the two points, the Isles still hold the 14th spot in the East and are 27th overall in the league.  However, with a victory, they can overtake two more teams, and can lose the opportunity to obtain the number 1 pick in June’s  NHL Entry Draft.

PA Parenteau suffered a sprained ankle when Mark Stuart collided with him, as he was getting to the net.  Although the play looked worse than it did, no penalty was assessed, and Parenteau had to be helped off the ice.  A tough end to a great season for the forward, who is a pending free agent, that will command a good salary.  This reporter is hoping the Islanders will do the right thing, and keep the Quebec native here for the foreseeable future.

John Tavares assisted on Matt Moulson’s 36th goal of the season, giving him 50 assists on the season, becoming the first Islander since Pierre Turgeon to reach that plateau.

Matt Donovan, playing his first home game, did not look like a rookie out there, and had some great breakout passes, especially to Matt Martin, which developed in a near breakaway.

Steve Staios was honored before the game for his 1,000th NHL game.  Congratulations to the veteran, who hopefully will be retained for next season.

With one more game remaining on the season, the Isles head to Columbus.  The chance to secure 80 points on the season is there.  There has been some comments about whether they should get it or not.  All I am saying is that if the team gives me effort, that is all I want to see.

Next week, I will turn my attention to the Sound Tigers, as they begin to take on the best of the AHL.  I hope to be covering the Tigers in the playoffs.  Hope to see you in Connecticut.

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