The New York Islanders (13-17-6) ended 2011 with a bang, as they were able to defeat the Edmonton Oilers (15-19-3) by a final of 4-1 in hockey action on Saturday afternoon. New York enjoyed contributions from Matt Moulson and Matt Martin in helping the team to the victory.
Continuing to skate a strong game, the Isles opened up the scoring when John Tavares (13) recorded a power play goal at the 3:44 mark in the first period of play. Sam Gagner answered back with the first Edmonton goal at 12:58. Moulson (17) gave the Isles a 2-1 lead before the end of the frame with a wicked snap shot.
New York found two more goals in the second period, as P.A. Parenteau (7) recorded a power play wrister, and Martin (4) capping off the game in with the final score in the frame.
Keeper Evgeni Nabokov (28 saves) is creeping closer to his milestone career victory mark, earning number 297 with the win against the Oilers.
Prior to the game the Islanders honored blueliner Ken Morrow, by making him the latest member in the Hall of Fame. Morrow helped the Isles bring four Stanley Cups to the Island, while also being a part of the ‘Miracle on Ice’ Olympic hockey team.
The Islanders will look to continue their winning ways in 2012, as New York will travel to Raleigh on Tuesday. The guys will face the Hurricanes on the MSG Plus network, with face-off slated for 7:00 p.m.
Written on January 1, 2012