NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders’ fourth line is widely considered one of the NHL’s best.
Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck showed why on Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche.
Clutterbuck’s goal 1:52 into the third period broke a 2-all tie and Cizikas added a necessary insurance score in the Isles’ 5-3 win.
“They do the right things,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “When you work hard, you get rewarded in life. The way that they’re playing right now, they deserve to get rewarded.”
Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski and Ryan Strome also scored and the Islanders won for the third time in four games. Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots.
“Our goalie played extremely well there in the first period that kept the score where it was, or we could’ve been behind the 8-ball,” Capuano said. “The name of the game is to get points, so hopefully that will give the guys some confidence as we move forward.”
Jarome Iginla, Nick Holden and former Islander Blake Comeau each scored for Colorado, but the Avalanche fell for the fifth time in their last seven games.
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