Cogliano, Oilers keep Islanders reeling on the road

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — Andrew Cogliano scored to snap a
tie midway through the third period as the Edmonton Oilers
handed the New York Islanders their 13th consecutive road loss
on Monday by rallying to a 3-2 triumph.

Defenseman Jason Strudwick netted his first tally of the season,
Kyle Brodziak scored and Dwayne Roloson finished with 25 saves
for Edmonton, which improved to 5-2-0 in its last seven games.

Rookie Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau scored and Joey MacDonald
turned aside 23 shots for New York, which fell to 0-12-1 away
from the Nassau Coliseum since a 4-3 shootout win over the
Montreal Canadiens on November 24.

With the game tied at 2-2 at 9:58 of the third period, Marc
Pouliot unleashed a shot from the high slot which MacDonald
denied, but the puck settled right on the doorstep. Cogliano
skated in and tapped it past the netminder for his 12th goal of
the season and second in as many games.

“We just couldn’t lose this game. When a team comes in the way
they did, you have to win it,” Cogliano said. “It was a big win
for us and a confidence boost going into our next game against
the Canucks, which I feel is one of our biggest games of the

“Some mental errors set us back at the beginning but we found a
way to get through it.”

Okposo nearly leveled the contest after his wrist shot in the
slot caromed off the left goalpost with just 5:44 remaining in
the third.

After the Islanders notched a 2-0 lead in the first period,
Brodziak halved the deficit midway through the second after his
centering feed deflected managed to slip past MacDonald.

“We were sloppy at the start,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish
said. “They played as good as anybody against us, especially
early. They put a lot of pressure on us and we didn’t handle it
very well.

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“We got behind the eight-ball forcing the puck up the middle.
We collected ourselves and played a pretty workman-like second
and third.”

Edmonton tied the game at 2-2 just over three minutes later as
Zack Stortini’s wrist shot caromed off Strudwick’s skate and
into the net. After a lengthy review, the goal was allowed to

“When I was waiting to find out if I had scored, I was thinking,
‘C’mon give a guy a break.'” Strudwick said. “I didn’t feel
like I kicked it in. It was out of my hands and I was just
hoping for the best.”

Islanders coach Scott Gordon was less than impressed.

“The fourth line scored two goals. One goes off our foot, and
the second one is a kicked in goal. To me, I don’t think they
should get any credit for that,” Gordon said. “Yeah they threw
the puck to the net, but at the end of the day, those are the
fluke things that happen that don’t go our way.”

MacDonald was less critical.

“It’s one of those things,” MacDonald said. “The first goal we
got a lucky break off of an Oilers’ skate and the second one, I
think it could have went either way.

“If he would have called it no goal, it would have been no goal
0 but he called it goal right away. So for him to turn it over,
I think it would have been a tough decision. That’s just a
lucky bounce. He was going to the net and then (the puck went)
off his foot.”