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Islanders 4, Stars 2: Postgame Wrap-Up

The Recap: The Islanders won in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to beat the Dallas Stars 4-2. It was the Isles fourth straight win and seventh consecutive win on the road.

The Stars opened up the scoring in the first period. Ray Whitney scored at 11:45 to give Dallas a 1-0 lead. Sergei Gonchar capitalized off a turnover by Brock Nelson in the Islanders end to make it 2-0 Stars. The Isles battled back in the second period, Kyle Okposo cut the lead to just one after scoring at 10:47.

Okposo scored again in the third to tie the game at 15:44. John Tavares scored the game winner nearly three minutes later. Calvin de Haan sent a no look pass to Tavares, who was in front of the net and beat Dan Ellis. Brock Nelson scored an empty net goal in the final minute of the game to secure the win.

The Good: 

– The Islanders once again showed resilience in the face of adversity. After falling behind two goals the Islanders battled back to win. There was no quit in the Islanders like what was seen during the tough times of November and December.

-Calvin de Haan was fantastic for the Islanders Sunday night. He saw 22:52 of game action and made the most of all of it. The rookie defenseman has not looked out of place once since arriving and has held his composure in tough situations. In one instance Sunday, de Haan was caught covering on a two on one Dallas rush. de Haan covered the play perfectly and was able to break up the scoring chance. He also finished the game plus-2 and had two points on the night.

– The Islanders top line has played very well as of late and is capitalizing on chances. Kyle Okposo scored both goals to get the Isles back into the game and John Tavares had the game-winner. He could have had several other goals, but some illegal plays by the Stars, which went unpenalized by the officials, broke up the score chances he had.

The Bad: 

– The Islanders have become masters at coming from behind, but there are only so many times that they will be able to do that. One thing that should be corrected going forward is starting off games better. In the first period, the Isles allowed Dallas too many offensive opportunities and shots on net. They were outshot 16-9 in the first period. Coming from behind is fun and dramatic, but it might be easier to win a game by opening the game off strong and not have to fight back.

– The officials on Sunday were not dreadful, but the clearly missed calls I mentioned earlier in this post were terrible. If the Islanders didn’t win you could look back on the Tavares scoring chance, which was broken up by a Dallas player slashing his stick into two, as key point in the game. There was also a missed high sticking call later in the game on Tavares as well. Luckily none of those incidents affected the outcome of the game, but you can tell that each time something like that goes uncalled Tavares gets more and more agitated by it.

Next Game: Tuesday, January 14, @ Florida Panthers

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Christian Arnold Covers the New York Islanders for New York Hockey Journal, as well as contributes to SNY's Islanders Point Blank. He also founded Islanders Hockey Blog back in 2009 and has written for various online publications.

@CA_NYHockey

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