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Late rally pushes Islanders past Wild 2-1

Fifth loss in six games for the Wild

February 11, 2019 - 4:32 am

   NEW YORK (AP) - Thomas Greiss made some big saves, rookie Devon Toews got a power-play goal right after Minnesota tied the score, and Edina native Anders Lee dived to block a shot with his head late in the game. The New York Islanders used a strong team effort to get another win.

   Toews scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Greiss stopped 26 shots and the Islanders beat the Wild 2-1 on Sunday.

    "We get the momentum and all of a sudden it's turned right around," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "When you take six (penalties) that puts a lot of strain on certain individuals that are playing. It makes it difficult."

   Anthony Beauvillier also scored for Metropolitan Division-leading New York, which won for the fourth time in five games and ninth in 12 (9-1-2) to increase its lead to five points over second-place Washington. The Islanders, who beat Colorado 4-3 in overtime Saturday, improved to 15-2-1 in back-to-back games, including 9-0-0 on the back end.

   Mikael Granlund scored for the Wild, who lost for the fifth time in six games (1-3-2). Devan Dubnyk, starting for the second straight game after facing just 18 shots in a 4-2 win at New Jersey on Saturday, had 32 saves.

   Minnesota pressed for the tying goal in the third, outshooting New York 12-9 in the period after totaling just 15 shots over the first 40 minutes. Greiss had four saves in close on one Wild power play in the middle of the period, stopping a tip by Eric Staal, a shot by Jason Zucker and two more tries by Staal.

   With just over a minute left, Lee used his helmet to block a shot by Ryan Suter as the Wild were scrambling to help preserve the win.

   The Islanders finished 1 for 6 on the power play, and the Wild were 1 for 3.

   "We never want to end up killing that many penalties," Dubnyk said. "It's tough to keep them out and that's a lot of time you're not able to be at the other end trying to score."

   Granlund tied the score 1-1 with a power-play goal 38 seconds into the second period. A rebound of Staal's shot came out to Zucker on the right side and as Greiss came out to cut off his angle, Zucker sent the puck across to the left where Granlund put it into the open net for his 13th.

   However, Anthony Bitetto was whistled for holding a minute later to put the Islanders on the power play, and Toews regained their lead at 2:01 with a one-timer from the left slot off a pass from Ryan Pulock.

   Beauvillier gave New York a 1-0 lead with just under six minutes left in the opening period with his 13th of the season and first in 12 games.

   Valtteri Filppula, who set up Beauvillier's score, had a chance to double the lead on a 3-on-2 break with a little more than a minute left in the first, but his attempt in front hit Dubnyk and then was covered up the goalie, who fell back on the ice and appeared unaware it was under him.

   NOTES: Minnesota has allowed six power-play goals in the last five games, going 12 for 18 on the penalty kill in that stretch. ... The Wild lost for just the second time in nine games starting before 3 p.m. this season. ... The teams conclude the season series March 17 at Minnesota. The Wild swept both meetings last season. ... The Islanders were without F and former Wild standout Cal Clutterbuck for the second straight game after he sustained a lower-body injury Thursday night at New Jersey.


   The Wild host Philadelphia on Tuesday night to open a four-game homestand.

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