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Oilers skate past Islanders 2-1 to stop seven-game skid

Posted By Dave Thomas On Jan 7 2011 @ 9:37 am In New York Islanders | No Comments

In what seems like an eternity ago, the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers once ruled the NHL.

Flashing forward some 30 years, both teams now are just playing for pride and hopes of one day returning to the glory both franchises had during the 1980s.

In Edmonton Thursday night, Dustin Penner notched a short-handed goal and assist, leading the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over their former Eastern Conference rivals.

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Edmonton rookie sensation Taylor Hall, 4, looks to put the puck past New York goalie Kevin Poulin./The Canadian Press

Not usually a strong suit, Edmonton (13-19-7) denied New York on seven power plays, including a late one when the Islanders had a 5-on-3 advantage, sending the visitors to their first loss on a road trip that began with wins over Detroit and Calgary.

“I think the last four or five games we have been getting better on our penalty kill,” Oilers coach Tom Renney told The Associated Press. “Tonight was kind of the capper. It won us the hockey game.” Edmonton also got a goal from Gilbert Brule, while goalie Devan Dubnyk picked up the win in stopping 30 shots.
New York, meantime, relied on young goalie Nathan Lawson (pulled after giving up the second goal), as Rick DiPietro continues to recover from injuries. Kevin Poulin finished the game for the Islanders, who just last weekend traded veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson to Tampa Bay. Poulin stopped 19 shots in his first-ever NHL appearance

“I was pretty comfortable on the ice,” Poulin told the AP. “My defensemen did a good job of clearing the front of the net and letting me see the puck.

Blake Comeau tallied New York’s only goal, as the Islanders remain in front of New Jersey in the Eastern Conference with a 12-20-6 mark.

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