Surg­ing Is­lan­ders down Wild 2-1

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By VIN A. CHERWOO AP Sports Writer

Devon Toews scored the tiebreak­ing goal early in the sec­ond pe­riod, Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots and the New York Is­lan­ders beat the Min­nesota Wild 2-1 on Sun­day.

Anthony Beauvil­lier also scored for Metropoli­tan Di­vi­sion-lead­ing New York, which won for the fourth time in five games and ninth in 12 (9-1-2). The Is­lan­ders, who beat Colorado 4-3 in over­time Satur­day, im­proved to 15-2-1 in back-to­back games, in­clud­ing 9-0-0 on the back end.

Mikael Gran­lund scored for the Wild, who lost for the fifth time in six games (1-3-2). De­van Dub­nyk, start­ing for the sec­ond straight game af­ter fac­ing just 18 shots in a 4-2 win at New Jer­sey on Satur­day, had 32 saves.

Min­nesota pressed for the ty­ing goal in the third, out­shoot­ing New York 12-9 in the pe­riod af­ter to­tal­ing just 15 shots over the first 40 min­utes. Greiss had four saves in close on one Wild power play in the mid­dle of the pe­riod, stop­ping a tip by Eric Staal, a shot by Ja­son Zucker and two more tries by Staal.

Greiss im­proved to 4-0-1 in his last five games, giv­ing up just three goals on 157 shots in the stretch. His lone loss was 1-0 in a shootout against Tampa Bay at the Nas­sau Coli­seum on Feb. 1.

The Is­lan­ders fin­ished 1 for 6 on the power play, and the Wild were 1 for 3.

Gran­lund tied the score 1-1 with a power-play goal 38 sec­onds into the sec­ond pe­riod. A re­bound of Eric Staal’s shot came out to Ja­son Zucker on the right side and as Greiss came out to cut off his an­gle, Zucker sent the puck across to the left where Gran­lund put it into the open net for his 13th.

Toews put the Is­lan­ders back in front at 2:01 on a power play with his fourth goal, a one-timer from the

left slot off a pass from Ryan Pu­lock.

The Is­lan­ders out­shot Min­nesota 15-9 in the first, send­ing nearly as many shots at Dub­nyk as he faced the en­tire game the pre­vi­ous day.

Beauvil­lier gave New York a 1-0 lead with just un­der six min­utes left in the open­ing pe­riod with his 13th of the sea­son and first in 12 games. Valt­teri Filp­pula brought the puck up the right side and passed to Beauvil­lier, who was streak­ing up the mid­dle alone, and he beat Dub­nyk on the right side. The goalie got a piece of the shot, but the puck trick­led across the line.

Filp­pula had a chance

to dou­ble the lead on a 3-on-2 break with a lit­tle more than a minute left in the first, but his at­tempt in front hit Dub­nyk and then was cov­ered up the goalie, who fell back on the ice and ap­peared un­aware it was un­der him.

NOTES: Min­nesota has al­lowed six power-play goals in the last five games, go­ing 12 for 18 on the penalty kill in that stretch . ... The Wild lost for just the sec­ond time in nine games start­ing be­fore 3 p.m. this sea­son . ... The teams con­clude sea­son series March 17 at Min­nesota. The Wild swept both meet­ings last sea­son . ... The Is­lan­ders

were with­out F Cal Clut­ter­buck for the sec­ond straight game af­ter he sus­tained a lower-body in­jury Thurs­day night at New Jer­sey. ... Beauvil­lier now has two goals and four points in five games against Min­nesota. ... Pu­lock, who scored twice in­clud­ing the OT win­ner against Colorado on Satur­day, now has five as­sists and seven points in his last five games.


Wild: Host Philadel­phia on Tues­day night to open a four-game home­s­tand.

Is­lan­ders: At Buf­falo on Tues­day night to open a stretch of five of six on the road.

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