Islanders use large second duration to tip Blue Jackets

January 10, 2015 - photo frame

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Brian Strait had a idea and an support and a New York Islanders used a three-goal second duration to energy past a Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Saturday night.

Nikolay Kulemin, Matt Martin, Anders Lee and Kyle Okposo also scored for a Islanders, who remained in initial place in a Metropolitan Division with a second win in as many nights.

Ryan Strome and Thomas Hickey any had dual assists, and backup Chad Johnson done 16 saves in his initial start given Dec. 23.

Jack Johnson and Nick Foligno scored for Columbus, behind home –with a trademark for a arriving NHL All-Star diversion creatively embellished inside a center-ice round — after going 2-2 on a road. But for a second true game, a Blue Jackets had a bad duration that cost them.

While a Islanders mostly stranded to their diversion plan, a Blue Jackets fell detached in a second period. On Friday in Toronto, they authorised 4 goals in a initial duration in a 5-2 loss. In this one, a Islanders found a net 3 times in a camber of 7:27 in a center support to pierce forward 4-1.

Tied during 1, a Islanders got a ideal flitting multiple off a rush started by Casey Cizikas. Strome afterwards sent a pass from a right wing to Martin for a easy redirection in front for his sixth during 10:04.

Three mins later, Kevin Connauton had difficulty with a bouncing puck in his skates. Lee grabbed it during a blue line, raced in and kick Sergei Bobrovsky between a legs for his 10th.

Strait followed with his initial of a deteriorate during 17:31 on a shot that deflected off a hang of Columbus’ Ryan Johansen.

Early in a third period, Foligno snapped home a miscarry off a shot by Johansen to tighten a opening to dual on his career high-tying 18th of a season. Okposo sealed a scoring with his ninth during 14:54.

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The diversion was tied 1-1 after a initial duration even yet a Islanders hold a 16-4 shots advantage.

Kulemin open a scoring only 31 seconds in, redirecting Nick Leddy’s slap shot for his seventh, and initial in 9 games.

Johnson pulled Columbus even with a power-play slap shot from a indicate during 4:22 for his fourth.

Bobrovsky finished with 35 saves.

NOTES: Bobrovsky, Johansen and Foligno, and a Islanders’ John Tavares were named to a NHL All-Star register before a diversion to be hold Jan. 25 in Columbus. … The Blue Jackets entered 2-6 and New York 5-1-0 in a second of back-to-back games…. New York is 4-2-0 with one diversion left (Jan. 13 opposite a Rangers) on the season-high, seven-game highway trip. … Johansen’s career-high five-game idea strain came to an end, though he extended his points strain (6-6-12) to 10 games to tie a career best.

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