Islanders down Stars 5-4

December, 3, 2011
12/03/11
8:16
PM CT
The Dallas Stars had their winning streak end at two games as they fell to the New York Islanders 5-4 Saturday night at American Airlines Center. Matt Moulson scored four goals for the Islanders. Tomas Vincour, Eric Nystrom, Jake Dowell and Tom Wandell scored for the Stars. Andrew Raycroft stopped 22 of 27 shots.

First period

Special teams were key in the first period. After the Stars missed on their first two chances with the power play, the Islanders scored on their first chance to take a 1-0 lead when Matt Moulson scored off the rebound of a Mark Streit shot from the point at the 8:55 mark.

Just 1:59 later Moulson scored again to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead. This time he banged home the rebound of a shot off the end boards by John Tavares.

Stars defenseman Mark Fistric had a big hit early in the game, flattening Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter with an open ice hit in the neutral zone.

Second period

It was a wild second period with the two teams combining for seven goals.

The Islanders made it a 3-0 game at 2:48 of the second when Dylan Reese scored off a shot from the high slot.

The Stars then scored three goals in a 2:03 span to tie the game.

A Stephane Robidas shot from the point deflected off Tomas Vincour and past Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro at the 3:27 mark.

At 4:53 of the period Eric Nystrom knocked home a centering pass from Vernon Fiddler to make it a 3-2 game.

Jake Dowell scored from the left circle at 5:30 of the second to tie the game at 3-3.

But 27 seconds later the Islanders were back on top when John Tavares made a slick backhand pass across the crease to Matt Moulson, who scored from the right circle for his third of the night.

Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft came up with a big save with the Islanders on their third power play of the night, stopping Moulson on a breakaway.

The Stars scored not long after the power play expired when Dowell set up Tom Wandell, who scored from the slot with 3:52 left in the period.

The Islanders were back on top 1:02 later when Moulson scored his fourth of the game, finishing off an odd-man rush with a shot from the left circle.

Third period

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro left the game with a groin injury and Al Montoya took over. He made 13 saves over the final 20 minutes to preserve the lead for the Islanders.

Stars lineup

Eriksson-Benn-Ryder
Ott-Ribeiro-Vincour
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Dowell-Wandell-Petersen

Souray-Robidas
Grossman-Pardy
Fistric-Larsen

Scratches: Barch
Injured: Morrow (back), Daley (back), Goligoski (broken thumb), Burish (broken hand), Lehtonen (groin)

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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