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Islanders 5, Jets 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:52 AM

Associated Press

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Islanders 5, Jets 4, SO
New York Islanders 5, Winnipeg Jets 4
Three Stars of the Game
Bryan Little
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 25:37
Frans Nielsen
2nd
Frans Nielsen
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:51
Kyle Wellwood
3rd
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:06

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - The schedule may have said Game 45, but it felt like the playoffs for John Tavares.

And when the Islanders' young star scored the winner in a 5-4 shootout victory, New York put a serious dent in the Winnipeg Jets' playoff hopes.

"It's April. There's a team right behind us. There's a lot on the line," said Tavares. "I think we knew it would have a playoff atmosphere. You could sense it in the locker room before the game, and during the game."

Tavares and Brad Boyes both beat Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the shootout, while Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd replied against Evgeni Nabokov.

The win briefly lifted the Islanders into a tie with Toronto for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 53 points, but the Leafs moved back ahead by two points with a 4-1 victory over Ottawa. The Senators trail the Islanders by a point.

"Good two points for us," Isles head coach Jack Capuano said. "It was loud, it was a great atmosphere and it was one of the quickest games I've been involved in, so it was a track meet for sure."

The Jets have 49 points and are now a point back of the eighth-place New York Rangers, who were idle Saturday but have a game in hand.

Winnipeg heads on the road for games against Buffalo on Monday and a key Tuesday matchup with the Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals (50 points), who played in Montreal on Saturday night.

Nabokov made 24 saves, while Pavelec faced 33 shots as the Jets' winning streak stopped at five games.

There was plenty of nail-biting for the sellout crowd, with New York ahead 2-1 after the first period and the score tied 3-3 heading to the third.

Michael Grabner redirected an Andrew McDonald feed past Pavelec to give New York a 4-3 lead at 9:13, but Bryan Little tied it with 2:01 left - seven seconds after Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was called for interference. Little made a head's up move on the play. A rebound sent the puck toward his left skate and he kicked it over to his stick before beating Nabokov.

"It was an emotional game," Little said. "We put everything we had into it and kept fighting our way back into the game."

The Islanders got a goal and assist each from Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey, while Matt Martin also scored. Kyle Okposo and Visnovsky both chipped in with a pair of assists.

Kyle Wellwood scored a pair of goals for Winnipeg, while Zach Bogosian, who left the game late in the third after a heavy hit, added the other.

"It was just a team effort," Okposo said. "It was a really good hockey game, a playoff-type atmosphere, I think. There were a lot of momentum swings throughout the game."

Jets head coach Claude Noel found a positive in the Jets gaining a point.

"I think it's a point gained for me," he said. "We chased the game. It was a difficult game to play. We knew the opponent; they played the way we thought."

Noel had pulled Pavelec as soon as Visnovsky got called for interference with 2:08 left in the third.

"They pull their goalie, they win a faceoff, they score," Capuano said. "I mean, that's a good team, that's one of the best teams that we've played all year."

Notes: The Islanders are 17-3-3 this season when scoring first. ... Winnipeg F Olli Jokinen left the ice after his first shift of the game with what the Jets called a lower-body injury. ... New York continues its road trip at Carolina on Tuesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:21
NYI
Frans Nielsen (6) ASST: Kyle Okposo (17), Josh Bailey (8)
1 - 0 NYI
10:42
WPG
Zach Bogosian (5) ASST: Blake Wheeler (22), Andrew Ladd (27)
1 - 1 Tie
12:14
NYI
Josh Bailey (10) ASST: Kyle Okposo (18), Frans Nielsen (22)
2 - 1 NYI
2nd Period
09:47
NYI
Matt Martin (4) ASST: Jesse Joensuu (2), Lubomir Visnovsky (10)
3 - 1 NYI
10:27
WPG
Kyle Wellwood (5) ASST: Evander Kane (16), James Wright (2)
3 - 2 NYI
13:24
WPG
Kyle Wellwood (6) ASST: Grant Clitsome (11)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
09:13
NYI
Michael Grabner (16) ASST: Colin McDonald (10), Lubomir Visnovsky (11)
4 - 3 NYI
17:59
WPG
PPG - Bryan Little (7) ASST: Andrew Ladd (28), Grant Clitsome (12)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDWPGNYI
1B. WheelerF. Nielsen
2M. SantorelliB. Boyes
3A. LaddJ. Tavares
penalty summary
1st Period
05:01
WPG
Grant Clitsome  Hooking against  Matt Moulson
15:19
WPG
Evander Kane  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
00:46
WPG
Dustin Byfuglien  Tripping against  John Tavares
15:40
WPG
Dustin Byfuglien  Slashing against  Kyle Okposo
18:04
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Roughing against  Zach Bogosian
18:04
WPG
Zach Bogosian  Roughing against  Kyle Okposo
18:04
NYI
Josh Bailey  Hooking against  Blake Wheeler
19:12
NYI
Matt Martin  Roughing against  Blake Wheeler
19:12
WPG
Blake Wheeler  Roughing against  Matt Martin
19:45
NYI
Michael Grabner  Concealing puck
3rd Period
17:52
NYI
Lubomir Visnovsky  Interference against  Eric Tangradi
OT Period
04:58
WPG
Dustin Byfuglien  Interference on goalkeeper against  Evgeni Nabokov
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
23-11-5
SA: 28TOI: 64:30
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 33TOI: 64:53
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0