The Skinny: Islanders 2, Blue Jackets 1 (SO)

Aristotle KikisContributor IIIDecember 29, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 29: R.J. Umberger #18 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is hit by Andy Sutton #25 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 29, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Islanders earned their 39th point with their 16th win of the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier tonight at the Nassau Coliseum. Rob Schremp scored the only goal for both sides in the third round of the shootout with a pretty fake and shot. Schremp's goal along with three key saves by Dwayne Roloson was all it took for the Isles to swipe both points.

The Blue Jackets came out firing in the first. They took 14 shots on the 40 year old Islander goaltender but Dwayne Roloson stood his ground. Big saves on Rick Nash and Antoine Vermette kept New York in the game.

It wasn't till 10:04 into the first that the Islanders took the lead by lighting the lamp on Columbus goaltender Steve Mason. Kyle Okposo ripped a shot off Mason's glove that trickled behind him and Josh Bailey tipped it home for his eight goal of the season. The assist was also Okposo's twenty-first.

The Islanders had few chances in the second but couldn't capitalize. Coumbus looked faster and hungrier for the puck through two periods as they continued firing another 14 shots on Roloson. The Islanders were outshot 28-15 through two periods but carried a lead into the third.

It was early in the third when the RJ Umberger was called for a holding penalty. It put New york on the power play. The Islanders continued to struggle with the man advantage, passing the puck too much and not really testing Mason. Mathieu Roy then was called off for a Delay of Game penalty. This gave the Isles 47 seconds of a 2-man advantage; but they failed to score as they were quick to shoot and didn’t utilize the open ice.

Their 1-0 lead only carried them through the first 50 minutes of the game. That was when RJ Umberger beat Roloson with a soft back hand on a sloppy play.

It seemed like the only Islanders highlight of the third came on a bone-crunching Andy Sutton laid on RJ Umberger on the defensive boards.

The game went into overtime where the Islanders dominated play. Their five shots in the extra frame generated three good scoring chances. Their best chance came when Josh Bailey's shot beat Mason but hit the post.

The Islanders seemed to be outplayed during the game but never stopped skating. Roloson made 41 saves on 42 shots not to discount his three big stops during the shootout.

The Islanders have won three of their last four and will try to end the year on a high note when they head to Ottawa for a New Year's Eve clash.

Three Notes:

1. Matt Moulson is pointless in his last 7 games.

2. Jeff Tambellini was back in the lineup after sitting out 9 straight.

3. Steve Mason's shoot out record fell to 0-6 on the season.