Islanders head into Christmas break with 3-1 win over Dallas

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Islanders head into Christmas break with 3-1 win over Dallas

The Islanders gave their fans an early Christmas present on Sunday night, defeating the Dallas Stars 3-1 and heading into the holiday break off a successful west coast road trip.
It was the early third-period goal by Anders Lee that served as the game-winner for the Islanders. Lee deflected a shot from the point, which snuck by Dallas’ starter Anton Khudobin.
The goal was originally awarded to Jordan Eberle, but was later changed to Lee.


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The win capped off a four-game west coast trip that saw the Islanders make stops in Colorado, Arizona, Las Vegas and Dallas. The Islanders went 3-1-0 on the trip.
New York heads into the holiday break two points out of the third spot in the Metropolitan Division. They are three points out of the final wild-card spot.
“You look at the teams that we played and the road trip it’s out west a little bit,” Lee told reporters after the game. “It’s a critical time of year right before a little bit of a break, where you can start thinking about that or a day off or something. We just played good hockey for four games.
“We laid a little bit of an egg in Vegas, but we responded really well tonight.”
The Islanders fell behind in the second period, despite playing a good game to start. Tyler Pitlick was able to sneak one by Robin Lehner at 6:20.
Casey Cizikas scored a fluky goal at the 14:10 mark of the second period to tie the game at one. Leo Komorav scored an empty net goal with a minute left in the game to seal the win.
The Islanders did lose a player in the win. Cal Clutterbuck left the game with a lower-body injury. However, Barry Trotz told Newsday’s Andrew Gross that it was “nothing major.”
Devon Toews made his NHL debut in the win. The rookie defenseman saw 18:05 of ice time, which included 1:49 on the power play.
The Islanders will be off for the next four days before they return to action on Friday at home against the Ottawa Senators.

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