Thomas Vanek and John Tavares had point streaks broken, but a more important streak grew: The New York Islanders won their sixth consecutive road game (and oddly grew to 8-0-2-1 in their last 11 in Denver) thanks to Michael Grabner's overtime winner for a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
A low-scoring, low-penalty game was tilted by a rush goal by Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon, and leveled by a goal from the slot from Brock Nelson, who was belly-down on the ice just seconds before his equalizer just 4:28 into the third period.
Ryan Strome's giveaway later in the period nearly ended up as a go-ahead goal, but Kevin Poulin stopped Cody McLeod's point-blank shot.
Tavares and Kyle Okposo generated a couple of two-on-one opportunities that might have broken the game, but instead it was the Austrian Grabner, snakebitten for so much of this season, who played the hero.
Ostensibly, it was another rookie, Matt Donovan, who MacKinnon blew by for his goal (though Thomas Hickey's failed dump started the Avs counterattack), but Donovan wasn't punished and in fact was on the ice for Grabner's winner in 4-on-4 OT.
The overtime outlet from Brian Strait was too far to handle cleanly, but after Grabner corralled it in the corner he was able to waltz out into the slot and beat Semyon Varlamov to give the Isles another win to inch them within shouting distance of their straggling Metro rivals.
Happily, Patrick Roy did not physically assault anyone (that we know of) nor crush inanimate things to show what a Proven Winner Who Cares About Winning that he is, so it was a good hockey night for everyone all around.
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