New York, NY - Blake Comeau scored two goals to help lead the New York Islanders (24-32-9) to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild (33-25-6) in hockey action on Wednesday night.
Comeau (16) had gone seven games without scoring, gave New York the 1-0 lead at the 10:31 mark. The winger helped the Islanders cash in on a power play opportunity, receiving a beautiful pass on tic-tac-toe play from teammates Frans Nielsen (25) and Josh Bailey (12).
The Islanders continued their offensive momentum at the 18:37 mark when Kyle Okposo (4) would backhand a 10 foot shot past Wild keeper Niklas Backstrom, to give the team the 2-0 lead.
Comeau (17) would strike for the second time of the game at the 0:41 mark of the second. The winger would net a 12 foot backhanded shot that was set up by Matt Martin (6) and Bruno Gervais (6) to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Islanders.
New York would go 2-for-2 in their power play opportunities as Andrew MacDonald (2) would net a 41 foot slap shot, which was assisted by Okposo (eight) and Nielsen (27) for the 4-0 lead The physical intensity between the two squad would pick up at the 19:01 mark of the second period as Zenon Konopka and Brad Staubitz dropped gloves. The two combatants went at it for a while before parting ways mutually.
Sadly for Islanders fans the shutout bid that was being posted by keeper Al Montoya would be spoilt by former Devils star John Madden (10) at the 11:33 mark. The ‘Mad Dog’ would strike with an 11 foot tip-in shot for Minnesota to cut into the Islanders lead, making the score 4-1. The Islanders along with Montoya would shut things down on defense to hold on to the victory.
Montoya would have another stellar night in the cage for the Islanders making 33 saves in the cage, while Backstrom finished with 16 saves before being pulled from the game.
New York will be back in action on Saturday for a matinee affair on Long Island as they host the St. Louis Blues for a 1:00 p.m. face off.