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Islanders beat Blue Jackets 2-1 in shootout

Rob Schremp scores the decisive goal in the shootout and then joked afterwards, "I have to give credit to Marty [Biron]. He gave me the confidence when I went 4-for-4 on him during the morning skate."

Schremp's game-winner, which came as he faked and picked the top left corner against Steve Mason, preserved Dwayne Roloson's fantastic 41-save night and gave the Islanders their third win in four games.

Wasn't pretty--especially with four power-play chances in the third period that the Islanders failed to capitalize on--but they'll take it.

"We finally got an ugly one tonight," said Josh Bailey (who said he felt like he got a piece of the puck that got credited as his 8th goal of the season.

"I feel like we got some of our swagger back at home."

Here's the story below:

Scott Gordon wasn’t surprised to see Rob Schremp score the decisive goal in the Islanders' 2-1 shootout win over Columbus at Nassau Coliseum last night.

Not with his skill. Not with the hands that Gordon described as “second to none on our team.”

Schremp showed why he deserves such faith as he faked and picked the top left corner against Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason for a goal that held up as the game-winner in the third round of the shootout last night.

“I’m not surprised,” Gordon said, “That’s why I chose him.”

Schremp's game-winner preserved an outstanding 41-save performance from Dwayne Roloson and gave the Islanders their third win in four games.

"I think we finally got our swagger back at home," said Josh Bailey, who gave the Islanders a first-period lead with his opportunistic goal.

Jeff Tambellini missed wide and Frans Nielsen met Mason’s stick in the first two rounds and Roloson staunched the Blue Jackets on the other end after Kristian Huselius and Rick Nash were both held scoreless.

Schremp's beauty gave the Islanders the edge, and defenseman Fedor Tyutin couldn't answer back.

"It was great to score and hold onto the win like that," Schremp said.

Schremp's goal added a positive footnote to a game marred by the Islanders' struggling power-play.

The team’s penalty-killing unit’s 3-for-3 effort last night extended its perfect record to four consecutive games, but the power play continued its plummet.

In the past nine games, the Islanders have scored only one power-play goal in 36 attempts, four of which came in the third period of last night’s game.

Bailey gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 10:04 in the first when he hustled to beat defenseman Jan Hejda and tap in a dangling puck in the crease, but the Islanders relinquished their lead in the third and were handcuffed by their inability to score on the power play.

After a scoreless second period, the Islanders were awarded their first power-play opportunity of the game at 1:15 in the third. 1:13 after RJ Umberger was called for tripping, defenseman Mathieu Roy joined him in the box on a delay of game penalty that gave the Islanders 47 seconds of 5-on-3 time.

The team came up short for the eleventh straight time in four games and an agitated Coliseum crowd had no problem voicing their displeasure.

The crowd was then subdued into silence when Umberger tied the game later in the period as he swiveled past Richard Park and swept in a backhanded shot to beat Roloson at 9:47.

Defenseman Andy Sutton gave the Islanders a third power-play chance at 13:52 in the third when he obliterated Umberger along the boards then refused to tangle with Roy after he dropped the gloves.

But, Schremp took an interference penalty to negate the remaining 32 seconds of the opportunity and the Islanders failed to convert on their fourth and final power-play of the game as well.

Bailey almost closed the deal as he hit the post with less than a minute to play in overtime, but instead Schremp and Roloson combined in the shootout to claim the two points for the Islanders.

"Rolie's awesome," Schremp said. "He goes into that mode and he just shuts it down. He makes key saves at key times."

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