02/16 21:01 CST Barzal, Lee score in 3rd period, Islanders beat Oilers 5-2
Barzal, Lee score in 3rd period, Islanders beat Oilers 5-2
By VIN A. CHERWOO
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) --- Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee scored in the third period, and
the New York Islanders beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 Saturday night in the final
game of the regular season at Barclays Center.
Ryan Pulock, Valtteri Filppula, and Brock Nelson also scored, and Devon Toews
had two assists to help New York win for the fifth time in six games and
improve to 21-5-2 in the last 28 games. Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots for his
18th win, moving to 14-3-1 since Dec. 18.
The Islanders moved to Brooklyn for the start of the 2015-16 season but have
been splitting games between Barclays Center and their former home, the Nassau
Coliseum, this season. New York's final 12 home games will be at the Coliseum.
If the Islanders, who lead the Metropolitan Division by five points over
Washington, make the playoffs, their home games in the first round will also be
on Long Island, with potential future rounds back in Brooklyn.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, who have lost 10
of their last 11 (1-8-2). Mikko Koskinen finished with 19 saves while starting
for the second straight night after Cam Talbot was traded to Philadelphia for
Anthony Stolarz following the Oilers' 3-1 loss at Carolina on Friday.
Barzal pushed the Islanders' lead to 3-1 at 5:09 of the third as he tipped
Toews' slap shot through traffic for his 17th.
Draisaitl pulled the Oilers back within one with a slap shot from the right
circle off a pass from Connor McDavid at 9:40. It was Draisaitl's 35th of the
season and 11th in the last 10 games.
Lee sealed the win as he scored from the right side with 2:16 left for his 19th
off a pass from Leo Komarov. Nelson added an empty-net goal 32 seconds later
for his 18th.
New York got its 35th win in its 59th game, matching its total from last season
when the Islanders finished 35-37-10.
After a scoreless first period, Pulock gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead with a
one-timer from the left circle, beating Koskinen on a power play over his left
shoulder for his sixth at 3:02 of the second. It was Pulock's third goal in
Lehner kept Edmonton off the scoreboard with a stellar save on Oscar Klefbom
from the left side on a rebound of a slap shot by Sam Gagner about 8 minutes
into the middle period.
Koskinen had a nice sliding save with his blocker on Tom Kuhnhackl in front a
Filppula made it 2-0 as he deflected Nick Leddy's shot from the left point up
high over Koskinen's glove for his 12th with 6 minutes left in the period.
Nugent-Hopkins pulled the Oilers within one as he deflected Kris Russell's shot
past Lehner for his 18th with 2.3 seconds to go in the second.
NOTES: McDavid, who had an eight-game point streak snapped on Friday night, now
has 11 assists and 13 points in his last 10 games. ... Gagner was in the Oilers
lineup hours after he was re-acquired from Vancouver in exchange for F Ryan
Spooner. Gagner previously had 101 goals and 194 assists in 481 games over
seven seasons with the Oilers from 2007-14. ... The teams conclude the season
series on Thursday at Edmonton. The Oilers won both meetings last season, 2-1
in OT in Brooklyn and 2-1 in a shootout at home. ... Islanders moved F Andrew
Ladd and D Thomas Hickey on long-term IR on Saturday and loaned them to
Bridgeport of the AHL on a conditioning assignment as they work their way back
from injuries. Both were expected to play in the Sound Tigers' two games this
weekend. Ladd has been out since Nov. 15 with a leg injury, and Hickey since
Dec. 18 with an upper body injury. ... Pulock has three goals and five assists
in his last eight games.
Oilers: Host Arizona on Tuesday night to open a three-game homestand.
Islanders: At Calgary on Wednesday night to open a three-game trip to western
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