New York, NY - It was a historic night for the New York Islanders (16-27-7) as the squad got to see everything from Travis Hamonic first NHL goal, to Kyle Okposo 100th career point in their 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers (24-20-9) on Tuesday night.
Islanders fans probably were not pleased with the beginning of the game or with Hamonic as a puck that was being controlled by former-Islander Freddy Meyer at the 14:31 mark, which would eventually be netted for a weird first goal for the Thrashers. That puck by Myer would somehow get deflected off Hamonic stick and bounce off the back of New York keeper Kevin Poulin’s leg for the Meyer (1) goal, which was assisted by Nik Antropov (17) and Alex Burmistrov (11) for the 1-0 lead.
Hamonic would make up for that weird bounce by tallying his first NHL goal at the 5:23 mark of the second period of play. The young blue liner would tally a 49 foot snap shot, which was assisted by John Tavares (19) and P.A. Parenteau (19) to tie the game up at 1-1. It would be a historic moment for Hamonic, who is the youngest Islander blue liner to score a goal since Mathieu Biron.
New York would continue to skate strong and continue to press their offensive momentum at the 16:39 mark of that frame when Kyle Okposo (1) netted his first goal of the year, cashing in on the third rebounded shot the winger would tally a nine foot wrister for the 2-1 lead. The Islanders would strike again in that frame as P.A. Parenteau ripped a power play 21 foot snap shot at the 17:39 mark, which was assisted by Okposo (2) and John Tavares (20) to make the score 3-1.
Then Okposo (2) would have his milestone moment at the 11:19 mark of the third period of play, as the winger would tally his 100th career point on a 13 foot wrister, which was set up by Michael Grabner (7) to give the Islanders the eventual 4-1 victory. For Okposo he is now the 70th Islander to score 100 or more points.
In the cage Kevin Poulin had a stellar night making 25 saves, while also being named to the third star of the game. On the other side of the ice Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves.
The Islanders will have no rest as they now head to Pittsburgh for a 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night face-off with the Penguins.