The New York Islanders continue their dominance over the Carolina Hurricanes this season with a 4-1 win.
The New York Islanders were outstanding against the Carolina Hurricanes. They did everything right and had few mistakes in the game winning 4-1.
The 4-1 win was the Isles third win against the Hurricanes this season. They also managed to keep a team that averages 40.5 shots for per game to 27 shots on goal over 60 minutes.
It was a complete effort from start to finish from the Islanders who managed the game professionally. Something we just haven’t seen this season from the Isles.
In terms of first periods it couldn’t have gone any better for the New York Islanders. They scored two goals and were able to keep a team that outshoots anyone and everyone to only five shots in the period.
In terms of scoring, Valtteri Filppula opens the affair with probably the nicest goal you’ll see in a while. With a solo effort the 34-year-old peels back the years and deekes through four defenders and tucks it in backhand on Darling.
Less than six minutes later the Islanders Human Torch Anthony Beauvillier added yet another goal to his tally this season. With great work down low it comes to Josh Bailey who makes no mistake and gets it to Beau in front of the net who redirects it for his sixth of the season.
The Islanders scored two goals on their first two shots. They ended the period with six shots to the Hurricanes five. Quality over quantity.
The Carolina Hurricanes came out with a single thought in mind: get back in this one quick. But the New York Islanders just kept plodding away doing what they’d done in the first period.
Keep them to the outside, clog the middle, and simple outlet passes to decompress the pressure in their own zone. And it worked.
By the 13 minutes mark the Islanders would add a third goal. Josh Bailey would cap off a good run of play with Brock Nelson and Anders Lee. Going into the slot Bailey gets one to squeak through Scott Darling.
Huge credit goes to Brock Nelson on that play. Josh Bailey might have put it away, but if not for that pass to where Bailey was going to be rather than where he was, that goal doesn’t happen.
The shots were a more predictable 11-5 in the second and 16-11 overall, but the Islanders are ahead large after 40 minutes with a 3-0 lead.
The New York Islanders just kept trucking along in the third period. They stuck to the game plan and were rewarded for it with a goal from Adam Pelech.
The Canes would aggravatingly ended Thomas Greiss’ attempt at a shutout on the power play. After a huge scramble in the Isles zone with some nifty passing finished in the back of the Isles net.
The win was the Islanders second in a row and allows them to jump over both the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers for third in the Metropolitan Division.
1. Thomas Greiss: 0.963SV%
Thomas Greiss did everything that was asked of him. He let up a goal, but that was on the power play and two of his defenders lost their sticks on the play. There wasn’t anything he could do on the play.
2. Josh Bailey: 1 goal, 1 assist
John Tavares who? Josh Bailey picks up his sixth multi-point game of the season. The two points bring him to 21 points in 22 games on the season. Again, John Tavares who?
3. Valtteri Filppula: 1 goal
He scored probably one of the prettiest goals you’ll see this season. But that’s not the only reason he gets a third star. His line was perfect on the day. Filppula, Komarov, Kuhnhackl were energetic, created turnovers and were just a constant thorn in the Hurricanes sides.