The New York Islanders got into the win column with a 3-2 overtime thriller over the Anaheim Ducks. A great home opener for 2016.
After dropping their first two the New York Islanders were looking to for their first win in their home opener. They came out of the gates flying.
The Islanders looked good in the first period, as they spent a lot of time in the offensive zone and had a ton of chances while Jaroslav Halak had little to worry about. The Islanders got on the board first with a sweet goal from Brock Nelson.
As the period ended Butch Goring said to Brendan Burke the Ducks are lucky to only be down one goal. He was right, the Isles didn’t capitalize on these opportunities when they had a chance to bury their opponent which would come back to bite.
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The score remained the same through two periods. The game was a chippy one, and both sides showed this throughout the games entirety. The Islanders were frustrated because John Tavares took another slash to the hand and it didn’t yield a call from the referee.
Tavares scored 7:59 into the third period to extend the Islanders lead. It was a great play by Cal Clutterbuck who broke his stick to set up Tavares on the goal.
Tavares has struggled and has even looked frustrated through two games, as shown by his extra chippyness and his taking of penalties, so it was good for him to score that goal.
Just 32 seconds later Cam Fowler scored to negate the two goal lead. It was a softy let in by Jaro. That wouldn’t be his only soft goal. With one minute remaining and the Ducks goalie on the bench Ryan Getzlaf scored with the extra attacker, another goal Halak would’ve liked back.
The game headed to overtime, so both teams were coming away with at least one point.
Just 54 seconds into overtime Josh Bailey played the hero
What a beauty of a goal from the man everyone loves to hate. Is it silly to have Bailey on the top line? Yes, but whether you want to hear it or not, he’s looked solid through three games.
Some other cool notes from the game, Howie Rose was in the building. He even went up and sat with fans which was nice of him to do. He wasn’t the only celebrity in attendance; Daniel Bryan, the originator of the “Yes!” chant was in the building and even got to lead the chant.
They didn’t make it easy but a win is a win.