Jurcina, Roloson help Islanders bury Avalanche

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Milan Jurcina scored two goals, including a short-handed tally, and picked up one assist to help the New York Islanders continue their mastery of the Colorado Avalanche with a 5-2 win at Nassau Coliseum.

Josh Bailey netted a power-play goal and Michael Grabner also lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have taken three straight and are 6-0-1 with a tie in their last eight encounters with the Avalanche.

"It felt really good (to score two goals)," Jurcina said. "I've been struggling the last couple years to put the puck in the net. It was a big day."

Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves to record his first win of the season.

Chris Stewart and T.J. Galiardi both scored for Colorado, which has lost each of their last six trips to Long Island. Craig Anderson was beaten four times on 24 shots in defeat.

"There was a few sequences there that kind of built up, and next thing you know we were down a couple (goals)," said Avs head coach Joe Sacco. "Penalty calls, too, some of them I thought were questionable. You have opportunities to get the puck deep, certain points on the penalty kill you have to make sure you clear that puck 200 feet."

After a scoreless first period, Jurcina staked the Islanders to a 1-0 lead while teammate Doug Weight was serving a hooking penalty. Bailey won a faceoff to Anderson's left and Jurcina unloaded a slap shot from the right point that eluded the Colorado netminder at the 13:06 mark of the middle stanza.

Jurcina beat Anderson again to make it 2-0, then Bailey scored with the man- advantage 59 seconds later, taking a feed from P.A. Parenteau and firing a shot over the sprawled goaltender with one minute remaining in the second.

Stewart put Colorado on the board at 2:19 of the third, but Grabner answered less than two minutes later, hammering a Parenteau pass to complete a 2-on-1 rush.

Galiardi buried his own rebound to draw the Avalanche within two midway through the frame, but John Tavares, back in the lineup after missing three games with a mild concussion, scored into an empty net to seal the win for the Islanders.

Game Notes

The Avalanche fell to 2-2-0 on their five-game road trip that ends Monday against the New York Rangers...Colorado defenseman Jonas Holos made his NHL debut. He became only the second Norwegian to ever play for the Avalanche (Anders Myrvold in 1995-96).


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