First: Tavares To Bailey vs. Philadelphia
The game, November 22nd, 2017 at home to divisional rivals Philadelphia Flyers. After back-to-back games on the road, winning one against the Tampa Bay Lightning and losing the next to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Isles wanted to get back to winning way.
At the time the Flyers were absolutely terrible winning just two of their last nine games. The Isles were the heavy favourites for this game.
The game was far from one-sided as both teams went up and down the ice creating and burying chances. The shots finished 39-38 for the Islanders. And after 60 minutes the score was level at three.
Mathew Barzal, Johnny Boychuk, and Josh Ho-Sang all put up goals for the New York Islanders. Overtime would settle the score on this night. And while John Tavares didn’t actually score the goal, he did all the work to create it.
Thirty-two seconds into the extra frame John Tavares finds himself deep in Philadelphia’s zone. And he’s absolutely hounded by Sean Couturier. Couturier is all over Tavares. At one point he even managed to pin Tavares against the boards.
Tavares manages to get out of the check by dragging the puck across Couturier with a single hand on his stick. With the free space, Tavares fires the puck to an open Bailey in the slot who’s initial shot is stopped by Brian Elliotte, but buries the rebound for the ‘W’.