Leddy, Lee help Islanders cruise past Avalanche
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Nick Leddy and Anders Lee scored early and Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots for his second straight shutout as the New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-0 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Travis Hamonic, Nikolay Kulemin, Casey Cizikas and Ryan Strome also scored to help the Islanders get their first home win since Oct. 25. New York extended its shutout streak to 181:11 and has allowed just three goals in their last four game.
Leddy opened the scoring at 1:33 on a shot from the left point, and Lee added a power-play goal at 5:21 from in close for his second of the season.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov finished with 40 saves as Colorado was outshot 13-5 in the first period, 15-8 in the second and 18-7 in the third.
Hamonic made is 3-0 at 6:38 of the second, the 10th goal scored by the Islanders' defenseman this season. They had 23 goals from blue liners all of last season.
Kulemin extended the lead to 4-0 with a short-handed goal at 11:32 on a pass from Frans Nielsen.
Cizikas and Strome each scored their first of the season in the third period.
The Islanders came in with a three-game winning to finish a five-game road trip that began with a 5-0 loss at Colorado on Oct. 30.
After losing again at San Jose, they had one-goal victories over Anaheim, Los Angeles and Arizona.
Colorado is moving in the opposite direction since last playing the Islanders with just one win in six games.
The Avalanche came in rested having last played Saturday, when they lost 4-3 at Philadelphia.
Colorado has struggled this season after tying their franchise record last year with 52 wins and finishing with 112 points.
New York has won seven of last eight games at Nassau Coliseum against Colorado.
The longest shutout streak in Islanders history is 199:24, achieved in 1998.
The last goal scored against them was by Dwight King of Los Angeles at 3:49 of the first period last Friday.
NOTES: The Islanders are 8-1-0 when they score at least three goals. ... Colorado scratched C Daniel Briere and D Brad Stuart while the Islanders scratched D Brian Strait and D Matt Donovan along with F Eric Boulton.