Flames spoil Islanders first game at new arena


ELMONT, N.Y. — The New York Islanders lost their first game at UBS Arena, 5-2 to the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Andrew Mangiapane scored twice on the power play, and Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves for the Flames (10-3-5), who extended their point streak to five games (3-0-2). Noah Hanifin had two assists.

Brock Nelson scored two goals for the Islanders (5-7-2), who lost their fifth straight game and were without forwards Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier and Ross Johnston, and defensemen Adam Pelech and Andy Greene because of COVID-19 protocol. Beauvillier, Pelech and Greene were added to the list before the game.

Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves for New York.

Brad Richardson gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at 4:05 of the first period with a wrist shot from between the circles after a turnover by Islanders forward Matt Martin.

Mangiapane made it 2-0 at 13:18 of the first, redirecting Hanifin’s shot from the point.

Nelson scored with a one-timer off a pass from Richard Panik on the power play to cut it to 2-1 with 23 seconds left in the first. The goal was initially waved off but was awarded after a video review determined Nelson’s shot hit the camera in the back of the net.

Calgary restored the two-goal lead on Mangiapane’s second of the game, another redirection of Hanifin’s shot from the left point at 6:43 of the second period to make it 3-1.

Mangiapane is second in the NHL with 14 goals behind Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (17). Thirteen have been scored on the road.

Nelson scored his second of the game at 1:49 of the third period on a one-timer in front to make it 3-2.

He was then denied a hat trick and the chance to tie it when Markstrom made a pad save on his wrist shot with 3:40 remaining. Grant Hutton shot wide on the rebound.

Trevor Lewis (18:45) and Johnny Gaudreau (19:22) each scored an empty-net goal for the 5-2 final.

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