NEW YORK — After missing the first four games, Jaroslav Halak has picked up where he left off last season for the Islanders.
Halak stopped 29 shots for his second shutout in his past three starts and Frans Nielsen scored twice Monday as New York beat Calgary 4-0.
"Guys are doing so many good things in front of me," said the mild-mannered Halak, who had a team-record 38 wins last season. "Everyone is doing a good job. And every point is huge for us."
Mikhail Grabovski and Cal Clutterbuck also scored and Kyle Okposo and Nikolay Kulemin each had two assists to help the Islanders improve to 4-1-1 at home this season and 6-2-1 overall, third in the Eastern Conference.
Also, Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey will miss at least a month with a lower-body injury, Newsday reported.
Game highlights: Arizona took a 4-1 lead and held on to defeat the host Maple Leafs 4-3.
Around the league: Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Brad Richards will miss 1-2 weeks with a sore back, defenseman Mike Green (shoulder) will miss 2-3 weeks and Kyle Quincey will be out at least a week because of concussion protocol. Holland said Richards, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP with the Lightning's 2004 Stanley Cup champions, went to New York to see a specialist. Holland said Richards, 35, won't need surgery. … The Predators signed defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a six-year, $22.5 million contract, GM David Poile said. … Top-line Sabres forward Evander Kane will miss at least four weeks with an injured left knee, coach Dan Bylsma said. … The league fined Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov $4,167 elbowing Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon on Sunday.
First—None. Penalties—Martin, NYI (holding stick), 15:56.
Second—1, N.Y. Islanders, Grabovski 2 (Bailey, Boychuk), 14:01 (pp). Penalties—Hamonic, NYI (interference), :17; Bollig, Cal (interference), 9:35; D.Hamilton, Cal (delay of game), 12:10; Bollig, Cal (delay of game), 18:46.
Third—2, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 2 (Kulemin, Okposo), 5:26. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Clutterbuck 3 (Cizikas), 11:33. 4, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 3 (Okposo, Kulemin), 18:10. Penalties—Bollig, Cal, misconduct, 15:57; Martin, NYI (tripping), 19:09. Shots—Calgary 8-10-11—29. N.Y. Islanders 14-10-11—35. Power plays—Calgary 0 of 3; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 3. Goalies—Calgary, Ortio 0-1-0 (35 shots-31 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Halak 3-1-0 (29-29). A—11,582 (15,795). T—2:26.
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First—1, Ari, Domi 4 (Stone, Hanzal), 6:31 (pp). 2, Tor, Matthias 1 (Boyes), 13:08. 3, Ari, Doan 2 (Boedker, Ekman-Larsson), 14:59 (pp). Penalties—Harrington, Tor (tripping), 6:23; Kadri, Tor (closing hand on puck), 10:45; van Riemsdyk, Tor (cross-checking), 13:58; Downie, Ari (interference), 18:44.
Second—4, Ari, Dahlbeck 2 (Chipchura, Downie), 7:38. Penalties—None
Third—5, Ari, Chipchura 2 (Ekman-Larsson, Boedker), 7:00. 6, Tor, van Riemsdyk 4 (Kadri), 9:05. 7, Tor, Rielly 2 (Phaneuf, Kadri), 17:34. Penalties—Kadri, Tor (boarding), 2:52; Gordon, Ari (roughing), 6:35; van Riemsdyk, Tor (roughing), 6:35; Richardson, Ari (roughing), 15:24. Shots—Ari 8-11-5—24. To 8-5-14—27. Power plays—Ari 2 of 4; Tor 0 of 2. Goalies—Ari, M.Smith 4-2-1 (27 shots-24 saves). Tor, Reimer 1-1-1 (24-20).