Grabner drove to the net from the left faceoff circle on a
short breakaway but lost control of the puck before getting off
a shot. The Austrian stayed with the puck and skated from the
right corner to the top of the slot, where he unleashed a shot
that beat Semyon Varlamov to the glove side for the winning
Brock Nelson forged a tie in the third period and Kevin Poulin
turned aside 30 shots for the Islanders, who improved to 2-0-0
on their six-game road trip. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored his
fifth goal in four contests and Varlamov made 22 saves for
Colorado, which concluded a 4-1-2 homestand.
After a scoreless first period, MacKinnon tallied late in the
second to give Colorado the lead. The top overall draft pick
last June received a pass from defenseman Andre Benoit in the
neutral zone and blew past Islanders blue-liner Matt Donovan
before beating Poulin to the glove side on a breakaway with 1:45
remaining in the session.
New York drew even at 4:28 of the third. Frans Nielsen's pass
into the slot from below the left circle missed pinching
defenseman Calvin de Haan but found Nelson, who fired the puck
past Varlamov for his fifth of the season.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Avalanche C Ryan O'Reilly missed his second
straight game with a bruised shoulder. ... Islanders LW Thomas
Vanek had his career-best 10-game point streak snapped while
captain John Tavares failed to get on the scoresheet for the
first time in eight contests. ... Colorado captain Gabriel
Landeskog had his eight-game point streak halted.
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