The Islanders got back in the win column, and Josh Ho-Sang tallied his first NHL goal Tuesday night in Edmonton.
The bulk of the first period belonged to Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.
Talbot made his first save of the night on an Islanders two on one break out and he was only getting started. The Islanders had multiple odd man rushes in the first period including three, two on one sequences that were all denied by Talbot.
Parked at the top of the point, Joshua Ho-Sang rocketed a slap shot passed Talbot for his first NHL goal. Ho-Sang celebrated with a contagious smile and a killer celly.
Thomas Greiss was sharp on the other end, making 12 saves in a scoreless period.
The Islanders would take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
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The Oilers would get off to a quick start in the middle frame. At the 2:58 mark of the second Zach Kassian deflected a shot from the point passed Greiss to get Edmonton on the board. The Oilers would buzz from there and Greiss was forced to stay sharp in the early moments of the second.
Talbot saved Bailey’s shot but Anders Lee fought in the crease to grab the rebound and give the Isles a 2-1 lead.
Lee’s 24th of the year is one short of his career high. Lee scored 25 goals in the 2014-2015 season.
The Islanders closed out the period with some strong offensive play. Edmonton was forced to ice the puck four times in a two-minute span, but the Isles couldn’t come away with another one. The Isles didn’t get the period off to the best start, but finished strong and took a 2-1 lead into the final break.
Before the third the Islanders announced that Shane Prince was done for the night with a lower body injury.
The Islanders would have a tremendous penalty kill early in the period and on the end the offense would add some insurance. After Talbot made a big save on Ladd, Brock Nelson retrieved the puck behind the net and gave Ladd a second chance. He wouldn’t miss again and the Islanders were up 3-1 with 13 minutes to play.
It was Ladd’s 18th goal of the season, and team leading 10th goal since Doug Weight took over as Islanders head coach.
No Islanders game can end stress free, it’s mandatory. Even with a two goal lead the Islanders certainly lived dangerously in the last ten minutes. Despite lacking strong defensive play, Greiss remained on his game. Lee would tie his career high with an empty net goal and his second of the night. The Islanders defeated the Oilers 4-1.
The Isles are now 9-0-2 after their last eleven regulation loses. It was also the Islanders first win in Edmonton since 2003.
Seven down, two to go. The Islanders will be in Vancouver Thursday night, before they finish off the road trip Saturday in St. Louis.