Stat Trick: Isles 2, Blue Jackets 1 (shootout)

December 29th, 2009 by Eric Hornick Leave a reply »
Dwayne Roloson made 41 saves and then stopped all three Columbus shooters in the shootout as the Islanders beat the Blue Jackets, 2-1 before 12,192 at the Coliseum. With the win, the Isles end the first-half of the 2009-2010 season with a record of 16-18-7. On to the trick:  1. The Islanders grabbed the lead midway through the first period as Josh Bailey nudged a puck over the goal line after a shot by Kyle Okposo got through Columbus netminder Steve Mason. It was Bailey's eighth goal of the season (a career high, as he had seven last year) and his first in 15 games. 2.  The Isles protected the lead for nearly 40 minutes, but R.J. Umberger, who has always been a thorn in the Islanders' side, tied the game at 9:47 of the third. It was Umberger's ninth goal in the last 20 games and his 10th in 24 career games against the Islanders. It was the first goal scored in the last eight periods of regulation time by the Blue Jackets, who won a 1-0 game in overtime on Monday night. 3.  The Blue Jackets dominated the third period but the tide changed when Fredrik Modin was called for Delay of Game with 1:42 to play in regulation. While the Isles couldn't score on the power play, ...

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