Dec 23, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Islanders defensemanTravis Hamonic
(3) takes a shot in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
It’s a Christmas miracle! The Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov have recorded their first shutout of the season after putting up three goals in Detroit last night.
The Isles played a complete game in Detroit, something fans and the team have not seen much of as of late. Evgeni Nabokov only faced 23 shots but was able to keep all 23 out of the net. Also, Nabokov has been fantastic in his five games since returning from his groin injury. Since rejoining the lineup against Montreal, Nabokov has put up a 1.96 GAA and .928 SV%. With his performance of late, it looks as though Nabokov will continue getting the majority of starts again.
The win last night came with an extra benefit in the fact that an Islanders win will be a point on this week’s 24/7 on HBO. Although it won’t be a main feature on the episode, it’s always nice to see the Islanders in a positive light, even if it’s just for a few minutes and more of a “Red Wings loss” than an “Islanders win.”
The final games before the National Hockey League halts for Christmas were played last night, and the Islanders will pick up play again on Saturday when they take on the New Jersey Devils. Although a disappointing loss plagued the Isles on Saturday, the team has been playing much better hockey and can hopefully continue the trend after the short break.
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Around the NHL
Buffalo Sabres 2, Phoenix Coyotes 1 (OT)
New York Rangers 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (SO)
Anaheim Ducks 3, Washington Capitals 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3
Ottawa Senators 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 0
New York Islanders 3, Detroit Red Wings 0
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Florida Panthers 1
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Minnesota Wild 1
Chicago Blackhawks 5, New Jersey Devils 2
Boston Bruins 6, Nashville Predators 2
Calgary Flames 4, St. Louis Blues 3 (SO)
Edmonton Oilers 6, Winnipeg Jets 2
Dallas Stars 5, Los Angeles Kings 2
San Jose Sharks 5, Colorado Avalanche 4 (SO)
Across the Sound
After defeating the Albany Devils 4-3 on Sunday, the Sound Tigers take on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Thursday at 7:00PM on the road.