The Jets started things off on the right foot as Chris Thorburn opened the scoring for the Jets late in the first period as the GST-Line won a hard-fought battle along the boards.
The Islanders answered back on the power play early in the second period and followed that up with another early goal in the third period. They sat on the 2-1 lead until they were able to seal the deal with an empty net goal in the final minute of regulation.
Despite the strong start, the Islanders got the best of the hometeam Jets and stole the two points at the MTS Centre Tuesday night. The Jets will head on the road for a short one-game trip in Minnesota on Thursday to take on the Wild. Puck drops at 7:00pm.
Both goaltenders were challenged early on in the game but through the first half of the first period, the game remained scoreless with the shots reading 10-5 in favour of the Jets.
Chris Thorburn and the GST line got the Jets on the board with 2:10 remaining in the first period. The hard-working play of Jim Slater, Tanner Glass and Chris Thorburn finally paid off. It was a tic-tac-toe play as Slater bounced a pass off the boards to Thorburn, who got pinned and sent the puck back to him in the corner. Slater tossed the puck on net from a sharp angle that Nabokov kicked aside but Thorburn had made his way to the front of the net to snap home the rebound. Tanner Glass picked up the second assist on the play. 1-0 Jets.
After 20 minutes of play the Jets led 1-0 and led 16-10 in shots.
The Islanders were handed the first power play of the night 3:32 into the second period as Blake Wheeler was called off for tripping.
It only took a few seconds for the Isles to capitalize on the advantage as Matt Moulson wired a slapshot from the top of teh circle that went straight through Pavelec's legs into the net. John Tavares picked up the helper on the tying goal.
Wheeler and Ladd marched a shorthanded rush up-ice into the Isles zone but Nabokov shut the door on Ladd and kept the game tied after a great effort from the Jets power play unit.
Zach Bogosian came pretty close to giving the Jets a late 2-1 lead with Tavares in the box for delay of game as he rang one off the cross-bar with 30 seconds to play in the period.
After two periods, the Jets and Isles were tied at one and led 26-17 in shots.
PA Parenteau put the Isles up by one just 1:26 into the second frame on a lucky redirect on a slap pass from Milan Jurcina. Not the start the Jets hoping for in the third as the Isles took the 2-1 lead.
The Jets were given two power play opportunities in the third period but with just over five minutes left in regulation, they still trailed the Islanders 2-1.
Despite their late last minute efforts, the Islanders added an empty net goal to seal the deal and take a 3-1 win over the hometeam Jets. They will head next to Minnesota for their last road game in February to face the Wild on Thursday night.
1 - 0 WPG
1 - 1 Tie
2 - 1 NYI
3 - 1 NYI
Delaying Game-Puck over glass