The game between the Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders marked a return for Canucks coach John Tortorella. He was the coach for the New York Rangers last season, and then came to Vancouver to take over the same position. Torts was successful on his trip back to New York, as Vancouver was able to leave with a victory over the Isles.
From the Associated Press,
Brad Richardson banked in a shot off goalie Evgeni Nabokov 2:16 into overtime to lift the rallying Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
The Canucks weren’t dismayed by allowing the tying goal to Frans Nielsen with 1:12 left in regulation, and skated off with a win. Richardson flung the puck in front and it found its way past Nabokov on Vancouver’s 33rd shot.
With Nabokov pulled, Nielsen fired the rebound of defenseman Andrew MacDonald’s shot into the open left side of the net, past the outstretched glove of Roberto Luongo to tie it at 4.
The win brought Vancouver’s record to 6-4-1 (13 points), while the Islanders fell to 3-3-3 (9 points). The Canucks will head to New Jersey as they take on the Devils this Thursday. The Islanders will travel to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins on Friday.