Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 2)

New York leads 2-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 16th
Game 2: Saturday, January 8th

Islanders 4

(13-20-6, 32 pts)

Avalanche 3

(21-15-6, 48 pts)

3:00 PM ET, January 8, 2011

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 OT T
NYI 2 1 0 14
COL 2 0 1 03

J. Tavares (Islanders - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Hejduk (Avalanche - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

K. Poulin (Islanders - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .919

Islanders-Avalanche Preview


Just last week, the New York Islanders had two goalies with a combined 22 seasons in the NHL.

Now, their two netminders have four games between them.

The Islanders could give Kevin Poulin his first NHL start Saturday when they continue a five-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche.

Dwayne Roloson made 38 saves in New York's 4-3 overtime win at Detroit on New Year's Eve, but was traded to Tampa Bay the next day. Rick DiPietro left his start against Calgary on Monday in the second period with a groin strain, and Nathan Lawson stopped 28 of 29 shots in his second NHL appearance, a 5-2 victory.

With DiPietro still hurting and Roloson gone, Lawson made his second career start Thursday night against Edmonton.

Lawson allowed two goals on the first three shots he faced, prompting coach Jack Capuano to replace him with the 20-year-old Poulin, recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Tuesday. Poulin stopped all 19 shots in his NHL debut, but the Islanders lost 2-1 to end a three-game win streak.

"I was pretty comfortable on the ice," Poulin said. "My defensemen did a good job of clearing the front of the net and letting me see the puck.

"In a perfect world we would have won 3-2, but I'm still excited about getting a chance to play in my first career game. I'm pretty happy."

The loss was only the third in 10 games for the Islanders (12-20-6), who went scoreless on seven power-play opportunities after scoring four times with the man advantage in the previous two games.

"We played 40 minutes," Capuano said. "I'll take responsibility for that. The first period, we didn't do anything at all."

DiPietro is far from the Islanders' only injury.

Already missing forwards Kyle Okposo, Trent Hunter and Doug Weight, as well as defensemen Mark Streit, Mike Mottau, Mark Eaton and Radek Martinek, New York played Thursday without center Frans Nielsen due to a groin injury.

Islanders center John Tavares was held without a point for just the second time in 10 games Thursday. He has five goals and eight assists during that span.

Colorado (21-15-5) couldn't get anything past Jason LaBarbera in a 2-0 loss to visiting Phoenix on Thursday, its third defeat in four games.

"It's frustrating when you lose, whether it's 1-0 or 5-4," said Craig Anderson, who made 31 saves. "A loss is a loss and you've got to be frustrated. But you've got to learn from it. I think we played a really good game; we just didn't generate enough offense."

One of the league's highest-scoring teams, the Avalanche have been held to two goals or fewer five times during a 2-5-1 funk. They are 0-13-2 when scoring two goals or less.

"We've got to find a way to get a couple of goals," center Paul Stastny said. "Andy played unbelievable, and if your goalie gives up one goal every game I'd think you'd take that in a heartbeat. It's not too often that we get shut out, but it happened today."

Colorado is 1-4-1 in its last six at the Pepsi Center following a 7-0-1 run there.

A rare two-goal game from defenseman Milan Jurcina helped the Islanders to a 5-2 home win over the Avalanche on Oct. 16. New York is 6-0-1 with one tie in the last eight meetings.