After dropping four straight one-goal games, the Islanders managed 41 shots on goal and received a burst of secondary scoring from Comeau, Kyle Okposo and defenseman Andrew MacDonald. With his pair, Comeau tied his career high in goals (17) and set a career high in points (37).
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"I guess I had a good game, worked hard," Comeau said while trying to balance the team's hard hat MVP trophy on his head after the game. "It's always a good feeling to get the hard hat."
Held scoreless on the power play the last three games, the Islanders scored on their first man-up opportunity last night.
With Nick Schultz in the box for hooking, Comeau scored on a classic tic-tac-toe passing goal after Josh Bailey set him up with a terrific feed from beneath the goal line at 10:31.
Okposo one-upped that sequence late in the first with his fourth of the season. Battling in front of the net with Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky, Okposo guided his backhand attempt through his own legs and snaked the puck through Niklas Backstrom's pads at 18:37. Frans Nielsen picked up assists on both goals.
"Nielsen's been unbelievable," Comeau said. "He's one of the best defensive players. I think he's one of the most underrated players in the league and it's good to see him get rewarded."
The Islanders doubled their lead early in the second, with Comeau crashing the crease for his second goal of the night 41 seconds into play.
The Islanders cashed in on their second straight power play with MacDonald's slap shot from the point at 16:05. Nielsen recorded his third assist on MacDonald's goal.
"He made some very good plays against a good team," said coach Jack Capuano, who juggled lines in the first period in an attempt to snap the Islanders out of their funk.
Following a successful debut at the Coliseum last March while he was playing for Calgary-he tallied a goal and an assist in the Flames' 3-2 loss - Minnesota's Eric Nystrom couldn't duplicate the effort. In the same building where his dad, Islanders legend Bobby Nystrom, has his No. 23 hanging from the rafter, Nystrom was held off the scoresheet.
Nystrom's teammate, John Madden, ended goaltender Al Montoya's shutout bid, tapping in an easy goal at 11:33 of the third.
Late in the third, Montoya was hit high with Zidlicky's shot to the chest and was attended to on ice, but after the game said it was just a stinger.
The convincing win came in front of a sparse crowd - announced at 7,098 - less than half of Saturday's first sellout of the season, a 16,250 turnout. That crowd was thanks to a large contingent of Capitals fans showing up for the weekend.
"As for the four-game skid, I didn't think it was an indication of how poorly we played," MacDonald said. "But, obviously it's good to snap that."