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Wild end six-game skid by defeating woeful Islanders

Dec 20, 2008 - 5:24 AM
By Anthony Maggio PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Rookie Colton Gillies picked a good time for his first career goal.

Gillies snapped a tie early in the third period, lifting the Minnesota Wild a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday.

Selected 16th overall in 2007 by the Wild, Gillies had been a healthy scratch in 11 of his previous 14 games and hadn't scored a point since November 1.

But the 19-year-old snapped a 1-1 tie at 4:28 of the third period, converting a rebound after an Islanders' turnover led to a 3-on-2 rush for Minnesota.

"I was speechless, it was awesome," Gillies said. "I think the guys just needed a little bit of a confidence boost. I mean, if I can score, they can certainly score, right?"

Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added insurance goals and Niklas Backstrom stopped 15 shots to help the Wild snap a franchise-worst six-game winless streak (0-5-1).

"It's always fun," Koivu said. "I'm sure it will give confidence to Colton. When you see guys that happy on your own team it makes us happy, and for every guy he gave a smile for us too."

Stephane Veilleux ended a 12-game goal-less streak to tie the game with 57 seconds left in the middle session.

Former Wild Richard Park scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who have not picked up a win in December. New York posted an 0-7-1 record this month.

"Turnovers. It's as simple as that," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "Turnovers and decisions not to shoot the puck. We have opportunities on entries to get the puck to the net and we're consistently looking for the late guy.

"(The Wild) are a team we can learn lessons from in that one thing they don't do is beat themselves. There's too many times those turnovers came right back at us."

Joey MacDonald had 34 saves for New York, but fell to 0-6-1 in his last seven starts.

"We started the game and could've scored four or five goals in the first period, but (MacDonald) was on top of his game," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "I could see the difference when we got two goals, and Mikko's goal made a huge difference. We played a lot better, it was like everyone had a hundred pounds off their shoulders."

After a scoreless first period, Park notched his third goal in as many games at 3:28 of the second to give New York the lead. Park buried the chance from the crease on assists from Doug Weight and Mark Streit with the Islanders on a two-man advantage.

It was one of only three shots for New York in the second period, but MacDonald held the lead while being peppered until Veilleux finally broke through.

"We didn't play very well tonight," said New York's Kyle Okposo, who is a Minnesota native. "It's obviously frustrating for all the guys. We just have to stay on course, keep playing at working hard."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 0 1
    MINNESOTA 0 1 3 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) RICHARD PARK 7 (DOUG WEIGHT, MARK STREIT) 3:28
    MIN - STEPHANE VEILLEUX 3 (JAMES SHEPPARD, ANTTI MIETTINEN)
    19:03
    3RD PRD: MIN - COLTON GILLIES 1 (DEREK BOOGAARD, KRYSTOFER KOLANOS)
    4:28
    MIN

    Dec 19 10:24 PM


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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    MINNESOTA 4
    3RD PRD: MIN - PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD 6 (BENOIT POULIOT, NICK SCHULTZ)
    14:34

    Islanders 1, Wild 4  3rd - 5:26Dec 19 10:17 PM


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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    MINNESOTA 3
    3RD PRD: MIN - MIKKO KOIVU 11 (KIM JOHNSSON) 12:10

    Islanders 1, Wild 3  3rd - 7:50Dec 19 10:11 PM


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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    MINNESOTA 2
    3RD PRD: MIN - COLTON GILLIES 1 (KRYSTOFER KOLANOS, DEREK BOOGAARD)
    4:28

    Islanders 1, Wild 2  3rd - 15:32Dec 19 9:58 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 1
    MINNESOTA 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) RICHARD PARK 7 (DOUG WEIGHT, MARK STREIT) 3:28
    MIN - STEPHANE VEILLEUX 3 (JAMES SHEPPARD, ANTTI MIETTINEN)
    19:03
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    N

    Dec 19 9:33 PM


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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    MINNESOTA 1
    2ND PRD: MIN - STEPHANE VEILLEUX 3 (JAMES SHEPPARD, ANTTI MIETTINEN)
    19:03

    Islanders 1, Wild 1  2nd - 0:57Dec 19 9:33 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 1
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) RICHARD PARK 7 (DOUG WEIGHT, MARK STREIT) 3:28
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 7 3 10
    MIN 11 15 26
    GOALIES: NYI - J

    Dec 19 9:32 PM


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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    MINNESOTA 0
    2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) RICHARD PARK 7 (DOUG WEIGHT, MARK STREIT) 3:28
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Islanders 1, Wild 0  2nd - 16:32Dec 19 9:04 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0
    MINNESOTA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 7 7
    MIN 11 11
    GOALIES: NYI - JOEY MACDONALD
    MIN - NIKLAS BACKSTROM

    Dec 19 8:40 PM