Stat Trick: New York Isles 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3 (overtime)

November 13th, 2009 by Eric Hornick Leave a reply »
It was John Tavares early and Kyle Okposo late, as two of the key building blocks in the Islanders' rebuilding played leading roles as the Isles built, and blew a three-goal lead, before emerging victorious in overtime.  On to the trick:

1. Tavares scored twice in the first period, once on a power play as he batted the puck out of mid-air, and once just after another power play expired as the Isles came within seconds of matching the club record for power play goals in a period (three).

2. Mark Streit also scored on the power play, as the Isles built a 3-0 first period lead.  The Isles, who have scored as many first period goals over their last three games (nine) as they did in the first 16 games, scored three first period goals for the third straight game.  It's the first time they've done that since March 15-16-18, 1980 (the second, third, and fourth games played after the acquisition of Butch Goring jump-started the Cup run).

3. Tuumo Ruutu and Ray Whitney got the Canes back in the game in the second period, before Tim Gleason tied it with a stoppable shot from just inside the blueline with 2:31 to play.

It was enough to get the 'Canes a p ...

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