Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Colborne scored twice in a three-goal
third-period burst which lifted Calgary over the New York Islanders, 4-3,
at the Saddledome.
Sean Monahan also tallied during the rally, while Markus Granlund added a
first-period short-handed goal for the Flames, winners in seven of their last
Joni Ortio came up with 23 saves for the win.
Colin McDonald, Kyle Okposo and Brock Nelson lit the lamp for the Islanders,
who fell to 1-1-1 on their four-game Canadian road trip.
Anders Nilsson made only 19 stops in the loss.
The Flames successfully killed off a 5-on-3 early in the third period, with
the only blip in the plan an Okposo blast which rang off the post. Still, the
hosts trailed by two.
Colborne drew them within 3-2 at 11:29, then Monahan accepted a T.J. Galiardi
feed and tucked a backhander between Nilsson's pads at 14:22 for a 3-3
Calgary took the lead for good with 4:19 remaining, after Colborne's tip in
front of a Giordano point offering slid up Nilsson's stick and hit the net
inside the right post. The 24-year-old recorded his first career multi-goal
Due to forechecking pressure, Nilsson was unable to exit for an extra skater
until the final seconds, and by then, the Isles had no further offensive push.
Granlund scored while shorthanded just after the two-minute mark of the
first to give the hosts an early lead.
Ryan Strome was behind the Calgary net when he fed back in front for
McDonald's successful shot to tie the score at 15:26.
Okposo's strike off a pass from Michael Grabner to cap a 2-on-1 break just
after 6 1/2 minutes elapsed in the second put the Islanders ahead, and it was
a 3-1 game for the visitors at 12:08 when Nelson's rising shot beat Ortio to
the short side at the right post.
Coming into play, the Islanders had won three of their previous four in
Calgary since January of 2002, but the Flames hold a record of 18-6-1 with
five ties against New York at home since 1980 ... Prior to the contest,
Calgary honored former star forward Joe Nieuwendyk (1986-95). The Cornell
product won the 1988 Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, and tallied 314
goals with 302 assists in 577 regular-season games, adding 32 scores and 60
points over 66 postseason tilts that included a Stanley Cup in 1989 ... The
Islanders have surrendered a two-goal lead on 14 occasions this season.
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