Islanders John Tavares Highlight Reel Assist Wins It In OT (Highlights)
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders were able to beat the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime by a score of 4-3 in a wild pre-Thanksgiving game.
It seems like an annual tradition, the New York Islanders playing on Thanksgiving Eve. This year they gave us a wildly entertaining game on “Big Wednesday”.
They fell behind early, thanks to a Taylor Leier goal. Although the goal never really swung the momentum for the Flyers. The Islanders were leading the way in shots and were finally able to slip one past, Brian Elliott.
Mathew Barzal scored his fifth of the season to tie it up at one:
I mean what a play from Barzal on the power play. Plus, of course, Josh Bailey was there for an assist. He was all over the place tonight and we’ll have more on him in a bit.
Just 41 seconds into period number two Michael Raffl gave the Flyers the lead once again. No matter how good the Islanders forwards were looking Philly just wouldn’t go away, so you have to tip the cap to them in that aspect.
Johnny Boychuk would tie the score up at two nearly seven minutes later. The next goal was a deflection from Josh Ho-Sang and the Isles had their first lead of the night.
That was Ho-Sang’s seventh point in 11 games played. Remind me why he has to “mature” and “develop” in the AHL again?
The only issue was the lead was short-lived. Jakub Voracek tied up the score at three on the power play. Jason Chimera was in the box at the time. We have to discuss Jason Chimera a bit. He looked flat out awful tonight.
He would go on to take another bad penalty late in the third period and then have an awful turnover at center ice that almost blew the game. Not a great night for the experienced, speedy, leader.
The third was intense, but there was no scoring so it would go to OT. The Islanders, in nine games at the Barclays Center, have yet to lose in regulation.
In overtime, John Tavares made one of the most insane efforts that I’ve ever seen. he set up Josh Bailey for the game-winner. Enjoy:
My jaw is still on the floor as I sit here and write this. What an outstanding play from our captain and kudos to Bailey for finishing it with his third point on the night, and team-leading 26th point on the season.
It wasn’t entirely pretty, but the third line looked worlds better. Josh Bailey continues to produce at a steady level and John Tavares showed why he deserves the big bucks. Isles are back at it on Friday. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.