Jones scores late, helps Flames beat Islanders

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Thanks to the stellar play of rookie goaltender Reto Berra, the Calgary Flames won for the sixth time in seven games.

David Jones scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period and the Berra made 28 saves as the Calgary Flames beat the New York Islanders 4-2 Thursday night.

"Reto was simply outstanding. He was the guy who kept us in the game and gave us a chance," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "He made big saves early and gave us a chance. Then we started skating better and executing better."

Jones banked the puck off the Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov from a sharp angle at 14:28 to lift the Flames to their first at Nassau Coliseum since 2004.

Mikael Backlund added an empty-net goal for the Flames, his 14th of the season.

The 27-year-old Berra, who will join Anaheim's Jonas Hiller with Switzerland's team at the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi, improved to 8-15-2 and won for the first time in regulation.

Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman scored in the second period to put Calgary ahead 2-0. But the Islanders rallied to tie it on goals by defensemen Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan.

The Islanders went on the power play with three minutes left when Jiri Hudler was called for hooking but couldn't muster much of an attack.

Monahan's team-leading 16th goal opened the scoring at 14:15 of the second when he wristed a loose puck from outside the crease over Nabokov's left shoulder. The 19-year-old rookie center was the sixth overall pick by the Flames in last June's draft.

Wideman made it 2-0 at 18:08 with a snapshot from the slot, his fourth of the season.

Hickey cut the deficit in half at 19:53 of the second, snapping the puck past Berra for his fourth of the season.

The Islanders tied it at 7:31 of the third when de Haan blasted a shot past Berra. John Tavares and Thomas Vanek had assists on the second goal of the season for the rookie defenseman.

It was the first point in five games for Tavares, who is second in league scoring with 23 goals and 42 assists, 12 points behind Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. The loss left Tavares exasperated once again.



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