The New York Islanders were back at the Barclays after a four-game road trip to face the San Jose Sharks and escaped with a 5-3 win and a few highlight reel plays.
The New York Islanders won. That’s all that matters. It’s another two points in the bank as they look to make the playoffs once again. The 5-3 scoreline looks flattering, but if not for some highlight plays the Isles could have been on the other end.
Well get to the highlight reel plays in a second. But first I want to get grounded a little bit because some of the plays your about to see are outstanding. So first, the negatives.
The New York Islanders are still on just a single power play goal on the season. Going 0-for-2 on the man advantage.
They also let in three goals against. All three from Logan Couture. The last of which came at the very end of the game and put the Sharks within a single goal to tie the game. A story we’re all too familiar with from last season. Thankfully John Tavares added an empty net goal to seel the victory.
Josh “Dangles” Bailey
New York Islanders fans can hate Josh Bailey all they want but when he’s scoring goals like this I’m gonna sip the Kool-Aid all day. With this talley, Josh Bailey is on pace for 31 goals this season. Which would be the second year in a row with career numbers.
Just watch as Bailey intercepts the puck and puts in the back of the net between his legs.
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That was the Islanders second goal of the night. The third and his second of the season came from Andrew Ladd. Off a one-man showing by Mathew Barzal.
Barzal did everything on this play. He took four San Jose Shark defenders with him. All Andrew Ladd needed to so was stand in the slot and wait. It was the perfect setup from kid dynamite (that’s what I’m calling him now).
There’s nothing not to love about that Barzal setup. Later on in the night he’d come real close to another NHL goal but sent it skyward.
Overall, great showing at home by the Islanders who seemingly have all cylinders going offensively. Now it’s to figure out how to replicate that on the road.
There’s still a few negatives with the New York Islanders overall play. The special teams are a real tire fire, they are very leaky defensively and there are a few players that still need to make the impact they should be making. But when the team puts together a nice performance like this it’s hard to stay negative.