It has been reported that New York Islanders (22-22-8) center Frans Nielsen decided to sign an extension with the team. The Danish Backhand of Judgment also extended the Isles point streak, in leading the team to a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers (30-17-6).
The Isles have now been able to record points in their last five games, thanks to a combination of heart and grit by the team. Also helping the cause in the two point effort against the Flyers was the play of Islanders keeper Evgeni Nabokov who made 45 saves in the shutout.
Nabakov tallied the 52nd shutout of his career; the blanking was the second of the season for the Russian keeper. The victory was the 305th, as Evgeni now stands tied at 22nd with Isles-great Billy Smith, for 22nd all-time on the wins list.
The Isles injuries continue to mount, as defenseman Dylan Reese, who injured his groin late in the second period of play. With both Milan Jurcina (day-to-day with elbow laceration) and Travis Hamonic (two weeks with broken nose), it is expected for the team to make another call to Bridgeport.
New York had just made a call to their AHL affiliate, as Aaron Ness made his debut for the Isles defense. The Roseau, MN-native finished the game with two blocked shots. John Tavares tallied the first goal in the shootout, as the center now has 11 goals and 15 assists in the last 18 games.
The Isles will now have a nice stretch of home games, as the guys will return to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to host the Canadiens on Thursday. The New York/Montreal game is slated to air on the MSG Plus 2 network, with face-of scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Written on February 8, 2012
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