Is­landers con­tinue strong play on home ice

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Jake Seiner

The New York Is­landers have found their foot­ing in Brook­lyn once again, and the road-weary Cal­gary Flames don’t feel too bad about Mon­day night’s re­sult, ei­ther.

Thomas Hickey scored 1:53 into over­time, help­ing the Is­landers re­bound from a vex­ing West Coast trip with a 2-1 win over the Flames.

Hickey won it af­ter Flames for­ward Michael Fro­lik broke a stick in the de­fen­sive end, lead­ing to an awk­ward line change for Cal­gary. Is­landers cap­tain John Tavares wheeled around the zone with the Flames mo­men­tar­ily short-handed be­fore back­hand­ing a shot that Hickey tipped off goalie Brian El­liott and in.

“I was glad to get a stick on it in over­time,” Hickey said. “This was a game we had to have.”

New York im­proved to 3-1-0 in home games fol­low­ing a road loss by re­liev­ing frus­tra­tion from a wild swing through Cal­i­for­nia. They beat Ana­heim in a 14-round shootout but then lost twice on goals in the fi­nal 3 min­utes of reg­u­la­tion against Los An­ge­les and San Jose.

Last-place New York is just 1-6-1 on the road but re­mains re­spectable in Brook­lyn, im­prov­ing to 6-4-3 at Bar­clays Cen­ter.

Tavares also scored in the first pe­riod and has six goals and 11 as­sists this sea­son. The goal was his first in 10 games. “I have a lot of expectations,” Tavares said. “I have to make plays and pro­duce. And lead by ex­am­ple.”

Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots for the Is­landers, stand­ing tall dur­ing a bar­rage late in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore al­low­ing Sean Mon­a­han’s ty­ing goal 5:51 into the third. Mon­a­han scored on a one-timer from the left cir­cle.

El­liott was mostly solid with 25 saves but still lost his sev­enth straight start. He was ac­quired from St. Louis over the sum­mer to be Cal­gary’s pri­mary goalie but had sat three straight games in fa­vor of jour­ney­man Chad John­son.

El­liott had a few piv­otal saves late, in­clud­ing when he stopped Shane Prince on a break­away mid­way through the third.

“The guy works so hard and cares so much,” Flames cap­tain Mark Gior­dano said. “So for him to have a big night for us and come and bounce back and play that well was nice to see.”

Mon­a­han’s goal helped Cal­gary com­plete a gru­el­ing six-game, nine-day trip 3-2-1.

“I think any­time you’re over .500 on a long one it’s suc­cess­ful,” Gior­dano said, adding, “I think we can build off of get­ting a point there.”


Is­landers de­fense­man Thomas Hickey, left, cel­e­brates his over­time goal with cen­ter John Tavares.

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