|NYI||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|COL||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
DENVER (AP) - Kyle Okposo scored on a 3-on-1 rush with 3:17 remaining and the New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night in the lone meeting between the teams this season.
The odd-man rush was set up when Colorado defenseman Kyle Cumiskey slipped and fell at the blue line. Okposo skated unchallenged down the right side before knocking the puck in, driving it into the net over goalie Craig Anderson's left shoulder.
Colorado pulled Anderson for an extra attacker with just over a minute remaining, but Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson turned away the two best chances.
Colorado's Matt Hendricks tied it at 2-2 with 10:23 left in the final period. Brandon Yip set it up with a pass that Hendricks knocked through as he rushed the net.
Rob Schremp took an unusual tact to give New York a 2-1 lead, swinging his stick like a baseball bat and connecting to drive the puck into the net over Anderson with 2:12 left in the second frame.
The power-play score was just the second allowed by the Avs in the last seven games. Colorado had killed 14 of its previous 15 short-handed situations coming into the game.
Frans Nielsen began the sequence, taking a shot that caromed off Anderson's shoulder. The rebound came out to Schremp, who first hit it with his gloved hand before using a waist-high swing of the stick to knock it home.
Officials reviewed the play before determining the goal was valid.
Colorado opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game on a power-play goal by Chris Stewart, his 13th of the season. John-Michael Liles took a shot from just inside the blue line that Stewart tipped into the net at 2:48.
The Islanders evened the score for the first time shortly before the first intermission on a goal by Jon Sim, who was playing in his 400th career game. Sim, scoring his second goal in two games, knocked in a rebound.
NOTES: The game was billed in advance as a matchup between two of the most promising players to come out of the 2009 draft class, but neither the Islanders' John Tavares, who was the top overall selection, nor the Avalanche's Matt Duchene, the third overall selection, figured prominently in the outcome. ... Colorado's loss was only the third in 12 games this season against Eastern Conference teams.
|PPG - Chris Stewart (13) ASST: John-Michael Liles (13), Milan Hejduk (13)|
1 - 0 COL
|Jon Sim (7) ASST: Rob Schremp (7), Josh Bailey (8)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Rob Schremp (3) ASST: Frans Nielsen (14), Mark Streit (18)|
2 - 1 NYI
|Matt Hendricks (5) ASST: Brandon Yip (2), Chris Durno (3)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Kyle Okposo (7) ASST: Andrew MacDonald (1), Mark Streit (19)|
3 - 2 NYI
|Andy Sutton Interference against Darcy Tucker|
|John-Michael Liles Holding the stick against Matt Moulson|
|Jack Hillen Tripping against Paul Stastny|
|Kyle Okposo Holding against Ryan O'Reilly|
|Kyle Quincey Hi-sticking against John Tavares|
|SA: 32||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 30||EV: 25 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .938||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 35||TOI: 58:43|
|Saves: 32||EV: 28 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .914||SH: 1 - 1|