The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Islanders
Five key elements from the Flames battle with the Islanders
The Flames got off to a quick start thanks to former Islander Tim Jackman.
The rugged winger was in the right place at the right time when Tom Kostopoulos sent a shot towards the net. It hit an Islanders defender and Jackman before it slid past veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov.
It was Jackman's first goal of the season and his seventh point of the year.
Pivot Brendan Morrison, who stole the puck to lead the rush on the opening tally, didn't just notch his seventh assist of the season.
He earned his 600th career point.
The forward, who scored his 400th career assist last week in the Flames 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings, has played in 917 games and has 199 goals to his name.
The Flames sick bay may have another occupant as Derek Smith left the game late in the second period after he took a nasty spill in his own end.
The blueliner was preparing to drop to the ice to block a shot when he fell, his right leg bending in a very awkward fashion. He was unable to stand on his own and needed to be assisted off the ice.
Despite the fact these two teams rarely see each other, the animosity was palatable on Thursday night. Neither team backed away from a potentional hit and there was plenty of shoving after almost every whistle.
Winger Lee Stempniak laid the hit of the night on Kyle Okposo near the end of the first period. He slammed the forward into the glass, sending him to the ice in a heap.
The Flames win streak came to a halt at four games due to their 3-1 loss on Long Island. The team has struggled in New York since the lockout, losing all three games played against the Islanders in their barn.
Their last win at Nasseau Coliseum came on Jan. 6, 2004 when they edged the Islanders 3-2.