Game recap: Jets 4, Islanders 3

Results: Winnipeg dominated the final two periods Tuesday to win at Nassau Coliseum, which the Islanders won’t see again until Nov. 11.

Need to know: Andrew Ladd scored his second goal 16:29 remaining after a wild second period which began with the Islanders leading 1-0 and ended with a 3-3 tie.

The Jets, who outshot the Isles 23-12 in the final two periods, took the lead early in the second by scoring three consecutive goals. Two came on a five-minute power play after Nikolay Kulemin’s game misconduct for boarding.

The Islanders’ Brock Nelson started the scoring, capitalizing after Johnny Boychuk’s shot hit the post just 1:16 into the game. John Tavares and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Isles, who got 26 saves from Jaroslav Halak.

Links: AP recap | Box score | Gameview

Next up: The Islanders begin a challenging West Coast trip Thursday at Colorado (9 p.m.) It’s the first of six games in 10 days on the road.

Game Day (9): Jets at Islanders, 7 pm

Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
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The Least You Should Know About the Jets… Winnipeg owns the best penalty kill in the National Hockey League. The Jets have an 88.2 percent efficiency on the penalty kill and have not allowed a single power play goal on the road… Tuesday’s meeting with the Islanders kicks off a four game road trip for Winnipeg. They will also play nine of their next 11 games on the road… Jet captain Andrew Ladd reached two milestones during Winnipeg’s 2-1 overtime win on Sunday. He scored his 100th goal as a Jet and recorded his 200th career NHL assist.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Can the Islanders make it three in a row?

They will try Tuesday night when they host the Winnipeg Jets in the Isles final home game before leaving for a five game road trip out west. The Jets are coming off a 2-1 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Jets are 3-5-0 to start the year.

Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano will have Jaroslav Halak start in net against the Jets and the Isles lineup will be the same as it was during Saturday’s 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars. Halak has not started since he gave up five goals to the Toronto Maple Leafs and was pulled from net last Tuesday.

Caption says that Halak has had a great week in practice since his last start.

“He’s had a great attitude,” Capuano said. He’s real positive. He’s a team guy and out early every day, and staying late after practice. Talking to our goalie coaches he’s had a great week in practice and I expect a real solid game from him tonight.”

The Islanders would like to hit the road on the right foot and know that a win against the Jets would be big.

“Every game is important, but we have a pretty tough road trip coming up here against some really good hockey teams,” Matt Martin said. “It’d be nice to get a win here and kind of head into the road trip with a kind of a good feeling.”

Below are the line combinations and defensive pairings for the Islanders:

Cory Conacher – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee  – Brock Nelson – Ryan Strome
Mikhail Grabovski – Frans Nielsen – Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy – Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey – Lubomir Visnovsky
Calvin de Haan – Brian Strait

Video: Joshua Ho-Sang goes end to end

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Everybody knows Joshua Ho-Sang has skills on the ice. He’s shown them off during mini camp in July, training camp in September and over the weekend he did it again during an OHL contest against the Mississauga Steelheads.

During a 3-3 game Ho-Sang went end to end and then did the only thing one should do when they score; the shimmy. See for yourself.

Seriously, that is a great celebration and you wouldn’t expect anything less from the Islander prospect. He will certainly be fun when he does make it to the NHL.

Islanders Point Blank Podcast: Garth Snow calls in’s Brian Compton and Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank discuss the Isles’ wild win over the Dallas Stars. Plus, Brian chats with general manager Garth Snow (11:25) about the team’s new owners, the improved product on the ice and moving off of Long Island.

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Islanders notebook: Lee making impact since call up from AHL

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Anders Lee was happy to be back on Long Island prior to the start of Saturday night’s contest prior to the Islanders 7-5 win over Dallas. He was even happier following the contest in which he scored his first goal of the season.

“It’s nice,” Lee said with a smile talking about the goal. “Anytime you get the first one out of the way it gets the season rolling a little bit, It makes you stop thinking about it, but it was a good play by the boys and I was able to capitalize.”

Lee certainly showed why he should have been on the Islanders roster to begin with on Saturday night. The 24-year-old scored the game’s opening goal by redirecting a shot from Thomas Hickey. Moments earlier, Lee nearly scored on a similar play. Lee’s presence in front of the net was also enough to agitate the Stars on several occasions during the first period.

The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish player was put on a line along side Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson. The trio — dubbed “the kid line” — played well and Lee felt they had good chemistry.

“We talk a lot, we’ve know each other for a little bit here,” he said. “Our styles of play work pretty well together We all bring something different to the table and that’s why we click.”

He added: “You get the puck in [Strome's] or [Nelson's] hands and good things will happen.

Lee was called up on Wednesday and made his season debut on Thursday. During the first five games of the year in AHL Bridgeport he had recorded five points (three goals, two assists) during that span. Lee was obviously disappointed to be sent down to start the season, but used the time their to just keep working at his craft.

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Some thoughts on the Isles wacky win over the Stars


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders were winning on Saturday night. Then they were tied, then they were losing, and then they were winning. On pure entertainment value the Islanders 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars was very fun to watch and ultimately Islander fans got to see their team prevail over a very good Stars squad.

For the game recap click here and for the game story click here.

Below are some quick thoughts and notes on the Isles 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars: To read more of this story, click here

Nielsen records hat trick in wacky Isles win over Dallas

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It’s hard to imagine that Frans Nielsen hadn’t had a hat trick up until Saturday’s 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars, but sure enough it was the first of his career.457863960_slide

Nielsen’s three goals in the third period served as the go-ahead and insurance goals that the Islanders needed to escape with a victory over the western conference foe. The 30-year-old forward scored midway in the third on an odd-man rush to break a 4-4 tie. Nielsen’s second came on another two-on-one rush and his final goal came with .1 seconds left in the game.

“I wasn’t really celebrating there because I didn’t really know if it counted,” Nielsen, better known as the “Danish Prince” on twitter, said after the game. “I wasn’t sure about the time and I didn’t find out until I got off the ice, but it’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Nielsen spent the night as part of the newly pieced together third line along with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolay Kulemin. Both of Nielsens’s line mates had an assist on his first two goals, in fact it was a backhand pass from Grabovski that sprung Kulemin and Nielsen for his first goal in the third.

Nielsen and Kulemin have played together this season, but he had not skated with Grabovski prior to Saturday.  To read more of this story, click here