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Jets hold off slumping Islanders

Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 8:46 PM

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Jets hold off slumping Islanders
Winnipeg Jets 3, New York Islanders 2
Three Stars of the Game
Andrew Ladd
Andrew Ladd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:28
Devin Setoguchi
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:15
Andrew MacDonald
Andrew MacDonald
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 30:16

Whether it's home or on the road, nothing continues to go right for the New York Islanders.

After failing to collect a point on a three-game road trip, the Islanders opened a four-game homestand Wednesday night and fell short again in a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

New York (8-14-3) has now lost four in a row and nine of 13 games this month (4-9-0).

Mark Stuart, Andrew Ladd and Devin Setoguchi scored in a 5:15 span of the second period for the Jets (12-11-4), who improved to 2-0-0 on their six-game Eastern trip after beating the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Former Islanders goalie Al Montoya made 28 saves for the victory.

Andrew MacDonald and John Tavares scored for the reeling Islanders. Kevin Poulin stopped 26 of 29 shots.

Stuart broke a scoreless tie 11:27 into the second period. After Jets center James Wright won a faceoff in the Islanders zone against Casey Cizikas, Stuart collected the puck near the left point and fired a shot that found its way through a crowd and past Poulin's glove to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead. It was Stuart's first goal of the season.

Ladd doubled the Jets' lead at 14:39 on his seventh goal of the season. Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan turned the puck over in the neutral zone, which allowed the Jets to break the other way. Ladd ended up being left all alone in front of the net and finished off a give-and-go with Bryan Little by backhanding a shot past Poulin to make it 2-0.

Setoguchi made it a three-goal game 2:03 later. Jets defenseman Keaton Ellerby took a pass from Mark Scheifele and let go a slap shot from the right point that Setoguchi was able to redirect past Poulin for his sixth goal of the season.

The Islanders got one back before the end of the second period via the power play. After Olli Jokinen took a boarding penalty in the offensive zone, Thomas Vanek sent a feed to MacDonald at the point, where the latter ripped a slap shot past Montoya to make it 3-1. It was MacDonald's second goal of the season.

Tavares, who had the second assist on MacDonald's goal, cut the deficit to one with 5:59 left in regulation when he knocked down a pass by teammate Matt Carkner, bulled his way to the front of the net and jammed the puck through the five-hole for his 11th of the season.

New York got a golden opportunity to tie the game when Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was given a hooking penalty at 14:54. The Islanders generated three shots on goal, but failed to score.

Winnipeg continues its road trip Friday morning against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday afternoon.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Mark Stuart (1) ASST: James Wright (1)
1 - 0 WPG
Andrew Ladd (7) ASST: Blake Wheeler (12), Bryan Little (13)
2 - 0 WPG
Devin Setoguchi (6) ASST: Keaton Ellerby (2), Mark Scheifele (6)
3 - 0 WPG
PPG - Andrew MacDonald (2) ASST: Thomas Vanek (9), John Tavares (18)
3 - 1 WPG
3rd Period
John Tavares (11) ASST: Matt Carkner (3), Brock Nelson (5)
3 - 2 WPG
penalty summary
1st Period
Olli Jokinen  Interference against  Kyle Okposo
Michael Frolik  Slashing against  Cal Clutterbuck
2nd Period
Olli Jokinen  Boarding against  Aaron Ness
3rd Period
Thomas Vanek  Tripping against  Toby Enstrom
Jacob Trouba  Hooking against  Kyle Okposo
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Hooking against  Keaton Ellerby
goalie stats
Al Montoya
Al Montoya
SA: 30TOI: 59:56
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Kevin Poulin
Kevin Poulin
SA: 29TOI: 59:25
Saves: 26EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1