NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Martin, Zach Paris as well as Brock Nelson scored goals in the second period and Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves for New York islanders On Sunday night, he defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0.
The Islanders made 40 shots at the Blackhawks goaltender. Arvid Soderblom recording a two-game losing streak and improving the score to 9-4-0 at home.
On Friday, the Blackhawks ended their eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Rangers. But Chicago created minimal offensive chances against the Islanders and Varlamov, who recorded his first shutout of the season and 37th of his career.
The Islanders are 4-1-2 in their last seven games against the Blackhawks, including a 3-1 win in their last game on Nov. 1 in Chicago.
Martin scored his third goal at 8:58 of the middle period. Assists went to Casey Chisikas as well as Scott Mayfield.
Paris made it 2-0 at 14:31 for his eighth goal of the season before Nelson extended the lead to 3-0 at 15:14 with his 12th goal. It was the fourth time this season that the Islanders had scored twice in less than a minute.
Defenders Adam Pelekh as well as Ryan Pulok assisted Parise, scoring the 416th goal of his NHL career and ninth among active players. Paris, 38, hasn’t missed a game in two seasons with the Islanders and has 12 points this season.
Varlamov saved eight shots in the first, six in the second and seven more in the third. This season, the 34-year-old goalkeeper improved his record to 6-3-0.
Soderblom with relief Petr Mrazek — who suffered a groin injury — after two spells in Friday’s victory over the Rangers. Blackhawks recall goaltender Jason Stauber from AHL Rockford to support Soderbloom.
The Islanders improved to 16-2-0 with at least three goals.
Remembering Gillis: Islanders honored left flank Hall of Fame and four-time Stanley Cup winner Clark Gillis before the game. A permanent and charitable presence on Long Island, Gillis passed away last January at the age of 67 from cancer. Islanders coach Lane Lambert remembered playing against a hefty Gillis early in his career when Lambert was in Detroit in 1983-84. “I played against him in my first season and I was lucky that he was a Saskatchewan guy and I was a Saskatchewan guy,” Lambert said. “So he probably treated me condescendingly.
NOTES: The Islanders still had no forwards injured. Kyle Palmieri. … New York also took the lead Ross Johnson as well as Cal Clutterbuck plus defender Robin Salo. … Forward Hudson Mardi Gras debuted for the Islanders on the left wing line Matt Martin and the center of Jizikas. …Blackhawks scratch injured Mrazek and defenseman Ian Mitchell and go Sam Lafferty.
Islanders to host St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
Blackhawks: Visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.