The islanders tamed the goal of the NHL with the highest score on Monday evening and then tried in time to achieve their own drought.
Anders Lee scored a goal in the third half, scored the first goal of the islanders in 139 minutes and 21 seconds and prevailed against the Avalanche 1-0 in the Coliseum.
Semyon Varlamov helped by stopping all 32 shots from his former team on him. Warlamow has spent the last eight seasons with the Avalanche (25-14-4) and knew everything about their offensive firepower when they went into the night with 3.71 goals per game.
But Varlamov, in his fifth start in a row, buckled and kept dangerous Nathan MacKinnon and his teammates at bay.
"It feels good, I'm not going to lie," said Varlamov. "Of course it feels good [that] We won and played very well. Beating Colorado 1-0 is huge, to be honest. This is probably the best offensive team in the NHL. They are a very tough team that play offensive well – power play, everything. I have to pay tribute to our boys. "
The islanders (26-12-3) blocked 33 shots and sacrificed their bodies during the game – including a big shot by Jordan Eberle too late – to keep Varlamov away from the heat. During a penalty kick they did not allow a single shot to kill.
All that was missing was a goal and Lee finally delivered it. Before the captain scored at 6:54 a.m. in the third half, the islanders had not scored a goal against the devils since Thursday's 7:33 a.m. in the second half. In between there was a 3: 0 against the Maple Leafs.
"You only want one for the boys," said Lee. "We've been a little tight lately and are in a 0-0 hockey game in our building in the third half of the game. It's a good opportunity to win a game." We all just packed it. Getting just one was a relief for everyone. "
The islanders came out with a strong first period but had nothing to show. They shot the Avalanche 15: 5 out of the game, although their best chance during this period may have been their own goalkeeper when Scott Mayfield's faulty back pass found the crease and parried Varlamov.
The Avalanche scored numerous goals against Varlamov in the second round and seemed to take the 1-0 lead with a wrist from Nikita Zadorov at 13:51. But Barry Despite challenged an offside and after a long look back – the puck had crossed the blue line in the air, making it difficult to see when it was repeated – the referees decided that the avalanche was offside and knocked the gate over has been.
"As soon as the puck came and they started to come in the time zone, our two video guys (Matt De Mado and Corey Smith) said it was offside," said Trots. "Really, if they score this first goal, I don't know if we have the same attitude. Varly was the first star, these guys could be 1B."
Varlamov never let it go away again. He was late with some clutch parades, including the robbery of MacKinnon on the doorstep, with minutes that are still under regulation.
The win allowed the islanders to reach the middle of the season at a high level after winning their first home game in five attempts, thanks to Varlamov and their defenses.
"It's kind of islander hockey," said Matt Martin, who blocked a big shot with the front of his knee in the second period. "Sometimes we got off of it last month when we were in games or whatever. We just didn't stick to the process." … I'm just glad that we found a way to win. "