Isles stay hot, end Minnesota Wild winning streak
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- When you're away from home for a long stretch, nothing helps pass the time like winning. That's a lesson the New York Islanders are learning in the midst of their longest road trip of the season.Star center John Tavares had a...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - When you’re away from home for a long stretch, nothing helps pass the time like winning. That’s a lesson the New York Islanders are learning in the midst of their longest road trip of the season.
Star center John Tavares had a goal and an assist for the Islanders on Tuesday as they won for the sixth time in their past eight games, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 and improving to 2-0-0 on the seven-game road swing.
Goaltender Jaroslav Halak had 30 saves while center Frans Nielson scored twice and left winger Matt Martin got the Islanders on the scoreboard early. New York (32-19-7) swept its season series with Minnesota.
The Wild, who had won their first four games under interim head coach John Torchetti, fell behind early and couldn’t catch up. Minnesota (27-23-10) got a goal from left winger Chris Porter and 27 saves from goalie Devan Dubnyk, but remains winless at Xcel Energy Center in 2016. The Islanders, who have the NHL’s top-rated penalty kill, blanked the Wild on five power plays.
“We came out with real good legs early and were aggressive and got rewarded,” Tavares said. “It’s always good feeling to start on the road and get that first goal from some good hard work. Special teams were a big part of the game today and (Halak) made some big saves. We got some big goals at big times.”