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Islanders falter late, succumb to Flames

Calgary's three goals in the third period gives it the 4-3 win over New York
03/08/2014 12:44 AM ET
By The Associated Press

Anders Nilsson stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced Friday night.(AP)
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Joe Colborne scored twice during a furious third period comeback for the Calgary Flames, who got three goals in less than five minutes for a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Colborne got the comeback started at 11:29 when Mark Giordano's point shot missed the net, but the puck caromed out sharply to Colborne. He fired it in the open side on rookie goaltender Anders Nilsson.

Rookie Sean Monahan tied it at 14:22. Taking a slick pass from behind the net from T.J. Galiardi, Monahan went forehand to backhand to tuck his team-leading 19th goal past Nilsson.

Colborne completed the comeback, deflecting in Giordano's slap shot at 15:41. It was the seventh goal of the season for the 2008 first-round pick acquired from Toronto at the start of the season.

Finnish rookie Markus Granlund, with his second goal in as many games, also scored for Calgary. The Flames, who had eight rookies in their lineup for the first time since Dec. 10, 1996, have won seven of their last eight at home.

Kyle Okposo, Colin McDonald and Brock Nelson scored for New York. The Islanders are 1-1-1 with one game to go on a four-game road trip - at Vancouver on Monday.

Tied 1-1, the Islanders took their first lead early in the second period on an uncharacteristic giveaway by Giordano. With the puck deep in the New York end, the Flames captain spun and sent a wayward pass into the slot that was intercepted.

Michael Grabner waited until the puck dropped to the ice before sliding a perfect pass to Okposo, who buried a shot behind Joni Ortio.

New York made it 3-1 in the second period when Nelson took a feed from Josh Bailey and ripped a wrist shot over Ortio's glove.

After winning his first NHL game Wednesday, Ortio had 23 saves in his third NHL start. Rookie Nilsson had 19 saves.

Granlund opened the scoring with his second NHL goal while the Flames were short-handed. Paul Byron drew both defensemen and the goaltender toward him before sending a slick pass to Granlund, who was left with an empty net.

New York tied it on a laser of a shot from McDonald from a sharp angle over the shoulder of Ortio and just under the crossbar.

NOTES: Joe Nieuwendyk was honored before the game in Calgary's Forever a Flame program. Several teammates from the Flames' 1989 Stanley Cup-winning team were part of the ceremony. ... Calgary D Tyler Wotherspoon played his first NHL game. He replaced Dennis Wideman (upper body), who was hurt in Wednesday's win over Ottawa. Wotherspoon is the fourth Flame to make his NHL debut in the past nine days. ... Between the two teams, there were 15 rookies dressed. ... Also out of the lineup for Calgary was Jiri Hudler (upper body).

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