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Islanders rally in third to beat Flames

Islanders defenseman Mark Streit, right, celebrates with Bruno

Islanders defenseman Mark Streit, right, celebrates with Bruno Gervais after Gervais scored the go-ahead goal in the Islanders' 3-2 victory over the Flames at Nassau Coliseum. (Mar. 25, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Matt Moulson and Bruno Gervais scored third-period goals in the New York Islanders’ 3-2 comeback victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Gervais blasted a point shot past a screened Miikka Kiprusoff on a power play with 8:29 left. Moulson scored his team-leading 27th goal in the period, and Trent Hunter had his first goal since Jan. 19 to help the Islanders snap a three-game losing streak.

Eric Nystrom had a goal and an assist for his first multipoint game in almost six months, and Nigel Dawes also scored for the Flames. Calgary is four points behind idle Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Moulson tied it 28 seconds into the third. Kiprusoff blocked Mark Streit’s point shot before Moulson found the open net near the left post.

Kyle Okposo’s slot wrist shot clashed off the right post behind Kiprusoff midway through the third to keep it tied, but Gervais capitalized on the Islanders’ power play chance almost 4 minutes later after Dawes was called for hooking.

Martin Biron responded to the support by making 12 of his 23 total saves in the third, including two on a late penalty kill after a high-sticking call on Tim Jackman.

Nystrom, the son of former Islanders star Bob Nystrom, assisted on Calgary’s first goal and slammed a one-timer for the go-ahead goal in the second period.

The Long Island native notched his first multipoint game since Oct. 6 against Montreal to cap his first career game at Nassau Coliseum.

Jamal Myers scored Calgary’s go-ahead goal 13:08 in the second period, hitting Nystrom at with a sliding pass at the right post. Myers skated past defenseman Mark Flood and pushed a pass to Nystrom as he fell behind the New York net.

Nystrom slammed home the feed for his 11th goal as his father watched from a suite. Nystrom has scored four goals in his last five games.

The Islanders were shut out the past two games before Hunter opened the scoring 8:23 in for New York’s first score in more than seven periods.

Hunter lifted a wide-angle shot over Kiprusoff’s shoulder at the left post, ending a scoring drought that lasted 154:06. Hunter ended a 17-game goal drought.

Calgary responded just 50 seconds later when Dawes deflected Cory Sarich’s right point shot. Nystrom picked up the secondary assist on Dawes’ 13th goal.

NOTES: Flood logged 10:49 of ice time and was minus-2 in his NHL debut. ... New York is 5-11-1 in the second of back-to-back games. ... Calgary made its first appearance at Nassau Coliseum since Jan. 12, 2006.


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