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Saturday, February 11, 2012
Reaction: Islanders 2, Kings 1 (OT)

By Doug Mittler




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It was over when: Mark Streit skated between two defenders and put a backhander past Jonathan Quick at 1:36 overtime, giving the Islanders a 6-2-2 record in their last 10 games. The playoffs may be a long shot, but the Isles again are playing some of their better hockey after the All-Star break. Last season, the Islanders were 15-12-6 after the All-Star break. They are 4-1-1 this season since the break this winter.

Getting some help: Evgeni Nabokov had another strong game, stopping 34 shots. It didn’t hurt that Kings D Willie Mitchell banged a slap shot off post midway through the third period.

Ending a drought: The Isles’ Michael Grabner put home a rebound of a shot by Mark Eaton at 6:52 of the first for his first goal in nine games and 15th of the season.

Debut fit for a King: Jordan Nolan, son of former Islanders coach Ted Nolan, was called up by the Kings Friday and made his NHL debut. The 22-year-old center stands 6-foot-3 and wasn’t afraid to use his size to his advantage, including one elbow near the head of John Tavares.

All in the family: Brothers-in-law Matt Moulson of the Isles and Kings goalie Quick faced off for the fifth time. Moulson assisted on the game-winner by Streit.

Bumps and bruises: New York’s Matt Martin needed help leaving the ice after crashing face-first into the boards early in the third. He returned a few minutes later.

Short shifts: Former captain Kenny Jonsson was inducted into the Islanders' Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony ... The game marked a homecoming for Kings’ defenseman Rob Scuderi, a native of nearby Syosset who had an assist on the goal by Andrei Loktionov ... It also marked a return to the Nassau Coliseum for right wing Trent Hunter, who spent eight seasons with the Islanders before being traded to New Jersey and later signing with the Kings last summer. Hunter played seven minutes and had two shots. ... The Kings dominated play in the second with a 12-4 edge in shots, tying it at 1-1 on a goal by Loktionov at 5:02.

On the mend: D Travis Hamonic missed his third straight game after suffering a broken nose as a result of a deflected puck last week against Buffalo. He is still a few days away from skating and will likely miss another week.

Up next: The Isles play their third home game in four games Sunday, hosting the Florida Panthers at 3 p.m. ... The Kings complete a six-game road trip Sunday night in Dallas. They are 1-4 in the first five games.