Jaroslav Halak Leads New York Islanders Past Edmonton Oilers

The New York Islanders keep doing everything in their power to lead the NHL's Metropolitan Division in points. In what is their final season before they move to Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, they are trying to regain some of their old magic from when they won 4 straight titles. Behind the glove of Jaroslav Halak, they kept the lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins by defeating the Edmonton Oilers in this contest.

They were able to do it despite being outplayed in power plays. Edmonton would take a 1-0 lead in the opening period when Ryan Hamilton scored on a power play, assisted by teammates Nail Yakupov and Iiro Pakarinen. They got that power play on a hooking penalty on Anders Lee. Just over 3 minutes later though Colin McDonald scored on a goal by assisted by Matt Martin and Travis Hamonic to tie the game back up at one. There was one other penalty in the opening frame on the Islanders, and it was the one that the Oilers could not capitalize on in the game. That was on Brian Strait for high-sticking.

Josh Bailey scored a goal about halfway through the second period assisted by Thomas Hickey and Anders Lee to give the Islanders their first lead of the game. But then a few minutes later he got 2, 2 minute minors, for roughing and cross checking Matt Hendricks. Matt Hendricks also got a 2 minute minor for roughing which led to a 4 on 3 for the Oilers, which got them another goal when Anton Lander tied the game at 2 late in the second period when he was assisted by Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. That left the game tied up at 2 when the game got to the second intermission.

In the final period Casey Cizikas scored the game winner for the Islanders. He was assisted on the goal by Colin McDonald and Thomas Hickey. Colin had a great job with 1 goal and 1 assist. Jaroslav Halak was an amazing goalie in the contest with 34 saves on 36 attempts to give him a 94.4%. The Islanders simply did enough to get the victory in this contest.

Next up for the New York Islanders (35-18-1, 71 points) is a game Thursday night at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Meanwhile the Edmonton Oilers (15-31-9, 39 points) will stay on the road when they travel to the Bell Centre to face the Montreal Canadiens.

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