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Isles Hold Off Avs 5-2

Milan Jurcina, John Tavares
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Milan Jurcina scored twice and Dwayne Roloson stopped 28 shots as the New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Saturday night.

Josh Bailey, Michael Grabner and John Tavares also scored for the Islanders, who won their second straight at home.

Chris Stewart and T.J. Galliardi had goals for the Avalanche. Craig Anderson, playing for the second straight night, made 20 saves.

The most notable event in the scoreless first period came right after the opening faceoff. Just 5 seconds into the game, New York forward Zenon Konopka and Avalanche counterpart dropped their gloves and helmets before engaging in a spirited fight.

While Colorado dominated play in the second period, the Islanders grabbed a 1-0 lead with a short-handed goal. Bailey won a faceoff in the Avalanche zone and fed the puck back to Jurcina at the right point. His slap shot got past Anderson at 13:06 for his first goal of the season.

Jurcina struck again at 17:59 with a down-low wrist shot that found its way in. Bailey scored a power-play goal 61 seconds later to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead.

Stewart ended Roloson’s shutout bid with a right side slap shot that bounced into the net off the crossbar at 2:19 of the third period.

Grabner restored the Islanders’ three-goal lead by finishing off a 2-on-1 break at 4:12.

Galliardi tipped a puck past Roloson at 10:08 to bring the Avalanche within 4-2, but John Tavares scored his first of the season – into an empty net – with 19.6 seconds remaining in the game.

NOTES: Colorado will finish its five-game road trip in New York against the Rangers on Monday night. … Al Arbour, who coached the Islanders to four straight Stanley Cup titles, was in attendance.

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