Joey MacDonald Dominates, Islanders Defeat Blues

Joey ColemanContributor IOctober 11, 2008

After the Red Wings decided they didn't need him anymore, Joey MacDonald came to the New York Islanders looking for a fresh start.  He played a great game in his first chance this year. 

The first period was dominated by the Islanders and filled with scoring.  It started early with Mike Comrie scoring from Richard Park and rookie Kyle Okposo.  Just 11 minutes later, with the Islanders on the power play, Trent Hunter buried a great pass from Doug Weight.

Youngster Sean Bergenheim scored just two minutes after Hunter's goal.  Just when you thought you saw enough goal-scoring for a period, Brad Boyes put the Blues on the board with a snipe with three minutes left in the first period.  And that wasn't all the scoring for the first period. With 20 seconds left, Andy Hilbert snuck in a shorthanded goal to end the period.

The second period was nothing like the first with very few scoring chances for either team.  The Islanders could not convert on any of their three power plays in the second period.

The third period is when MacDonald really started to shine.  Keith Tkachuk scored another one, for his third goal in two games.  It was a pretty lucky goal for the Blues. Paul Kariya took a shot that changed direction and bounced off MacDonald's pad right to Tkachuk, who just buried it five-hole.

Jay McClement had a great chance from a foot away with five minutes left, but MacDonald robbed him with some beautiful saves.  Bill Guerin scored an empty netter with under a minute left to round out the scoring.