Edmonton at New York

Islanders snap 3-game skid at home with Hunter's SO goal

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders have plenty of trouble protecting one-goal leads at home. They were fortunate to have a shootout to rescue them against the Edmonton Oilers.

Alexei Yashin and Trent Hunter scored in a shootout and the Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak at home by beating the Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night.

"We'll take the two points any way we can," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. "We played a good 45 minutes. It seemed in the first period we couldn't or wouldn't skate with them."

Hunter won it on the final shot of the shootout after Rick DiPietro stopped Edmonton's Ryan Smyth.

"I was definitely a little nervous," Hunter said. "But once I got the puck and started going, my natural instincts took over."

Oilers goalie Jussi Markkanen said earning a point was good, but the Oilers could've stolen two.

"It never feels good to lose," Markkanen said. "We got a point, and it might be a big point in our season, but it still doesn't feel good."

Hunter and Arron Asham scored power-play goals in regulation for New York. DiPietro made 26 saves.

Fernando Pisani and Chris Pronger scored for the Oilers, 7-2-2 in their last 11 games. Markkanen stopped 22 shots. It was Edmonton's first shootout loss of the season, and Ales Hemsky scored the only shootout goal for the Oilers in the second round.

Pronger tied it with 64 seconds left in regulation on Edmonton's eighth power play. He was left alone in the slot, took a pass from Hemsky, and wristed a shot past DiPietro. The Oilers still had more power-play time but couldn't net the winner.

Hunter scored earlier in the period to give New York a 2-1 lead. Parked in the slot, Hunter got a piece of defenseman Chris Campoli's toss at the net, redirecting the puck by Markkanen.

Edmonton dominated the first period, and took a 1-0 lead at 13:31. Pisani's shot from the lower right circle hit DiPietro and went in.

DiPietro faced seven shots before the goal and made consecutive fine stops on Hemsky and Smyth.

In the second period, Markkanen robbed Jason Blake by making a glove save on his wrist shot that appeared to be ticketed toward an open net at 15:35. Just 14 seconds later, Asham got a piece of Brad Lukowich's center point shot for the tying goal.

Asham's fifth of the season, came on New York's fourth power play. It came while former Islanders captain Michael Peca was serving a slashing penalty. It was Peca's first game against New York since being traded to Edmonton during the offseason.

"I wasn't nervous at all," Peca said. "I just wanted to go out and have fun with it."

Special teams were prominent. Edmonton was 1-9 on the power play, while the Islanders were 2-7.

"Aside from our special teams, we played pretty well," Pronger said. "That's been the story of our season so far."

Notes

  • Edmonton have lost four straight games on Long Island. The Oilers' last road win over the Islanders was Dec. 14, 1999.
  • Peca, who played three seasons for the Islanders before he was traded for Mike York, received a nice ovation from the crowd of 12,249 after the first stoppage of play. "It was nice," Peca said. "It really wasn't necessary, but it was nice. That's an indication of what kind of man (Islanders owner) Charles (Wang) is and what kind of organization they are."
  • New York is 6-5-1 at home, and has been outscored 44-38 there.
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Trent Hunter celebrates his game-winning goal for the Islanders in a shootout vs. Edmonton.  (AP)
Trent Hunter celebrates his game-winning goal for the Islanders in a shootout vs. Edmonton. (AP)

Scoreboard
Edmonton (16-11-3)10100 (1)2
NY Islanders  (15-12-2) «01101 (2)3
Three Stars
T. Hunter
NYI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
R. DiPietro
NYI


Saves: 27
Save Pct.: .931
J. Niinimaa
NYI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
13:31Fernando Pisani (7), Snap Shot - Assist: Ethan Moreau
2ND PERIOD
15:49Power Play - Arron Asham (5), Tip-In - Assists: Brad Lukowich and Janne Niinimaa
3RD PERIOD
10:44Power Play - Trent Hunter (5), Tip-In - Assists: Chris Campoli and Mike York
18:56Power Play - Chris Pronger (2), Wrist Shot - Assists: Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll
OT
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:31Godard: Fighting - 5 min.
02:31Laraque: Fighting - 5 min.
03:23Blake: Hooking - 2 min.
09:24Zhitnik: Interference - 2 min.
14:18Cross: Hooking - 2 min.
16:44Torres: Fighting - 5 min.
16:44Colley: Fighting - 5 min.
19:12Asham: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
01:22Zhitnik: Tripping - 2 min.
05:59Pronger: Hooking - 2 min.
10:03Gervais: Hooking - 2 min.
12:03Pisani: Diving - 2 min.
13:58Peca: Slashing - 2 min.
18:00Kolanos: Hooking - 2 min.
19:00York: Tripping - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
01:07Sopel: High sticking - 2 min.
09:12Staios: Boarding - 2 min.
17:25Sopel: High sticking - 2 min.
17:25Sopel: High sticking - 2 min.
OT
02:51Horcoff: Hooking - 2 min.
05:00York: Hooking - 2 min.
SHOOTOUT
None
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Edmonton1099129
New York4124424
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 12249
Game Time - 65:00
Referees - Chris Lee, Ian Walsh
Line Judges - David Brisebois, Derek Nansen
 
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