It took overtime, but the Isles beat the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time this season 4-3 on a Josh Bailey goal. The Islanders also got goals from Kyle Okposo, Sean Bergenheim and John Sim, and blew a 2-0 first period lead when Columbus got one back in the second and 2 in the third to take a brief lead. John Sim ended up tying the game to send the contest to the extra period.
For Dwaine Roloson, it was his 23rd win in net, and he made more than a few big saves, including one that was highway robbery on Rick Nash late in the second period, to keep his team in the game. It was also the New York Islanders first win ever at the Nationwide arena, as well as 2 more points in the standings.
Currently, the Islanders are 8 points out of the final playoff spot, and though their chances are quite slim of making it, it cannot be denied that Scott Gordon deserves a lot of credit for getting the boys to keep their heads in the games. After the embarrassing thrashing at MSG on Wednesday, it would have been easy to fold up their tents and coast the rest of the way to the end of the season. However, with 7 more games to go, the Isles are still showing up and putting in the effort. Let’s keep it going and try to collect as many of the remaining 14 points as can be earned.