5. Bailey Goal vs. Rangers
In the third period against the New York Rangers on Thursday night, the Islanders didn’t have a shot on net through 18:30 minutes of the period. They’d gone over three-quarters of the period without registering a shot on net!
It was one of the single worst road periods the New York Islanders had played in a while. But at the 18:34 mark it all changed when Cal Clutterbuck took the puck down the ice and spotted Josh Bailey breaking into the slot alone. Clutterbuck’s pass connected and Bailey scored. On their first shot of the period.
On the only shot the Islanders took they scored. More importantly, the goal would be the game-winner against the Rangers at MSG. It was the perfect set of circumstances. And it’s why it makes the top five.
The goal itself was nice. Clutterbuck did well to get the puck deep and see Josh Bailey coming into the zone. Josh Bailey, for his part still had to get enough on the puck to direct it past Lundqvist while a Rangers defender attempted to get in his way.
They had one shot in 20 minutes and the Islanders buried it to win the game. The analytics community must be pulling their hair out as the Rangers dominated the period in shots but still lost out.
Added to the narrative was how Bailey had gone quiet recently, though still on pace for a 60+ point season. He needed that goal to get back into a scoring rhythm. Hopefully, that’s exactly what it does for Josh Bailey.