The New York Islanders fall in overtime 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks but are able to pick up a point in their 17th straight game.
In San Jose, the New York Islanders were starting their first of a three-game road trip looking to continue their franchise-record 16 game point streak. For the second game in a row, it was a slow start for the Islanders.
It took nearly half the period before the Isles were able to get a shot on goal. Meanwhile, San Jose had seven shots on goal in the first three minutes, thanks in large part to an Adam Pelech penalty just 1:06 into the game.
Each team would have their chances, the Sharks with 11 shots and the Islanders with seven, but neither team would be able to find the back of the net.
In period number two, things got chippy rather quickly as Casey Cizikas dropped the gloves for just the fourth time in his career. Cizikas, who plays hard, isn’t known for fighting but his number was called and he certainly held his own.
Shortly after the Cizikas fight, Brock Nelson would get sent in alone on a breakaway, he was unable to score and the Sharks flew up the length of the ice and Marcus Sorensen was able to net his fourth of the year off a beautiful deflection from Mario Ferraro.
That lead only lasted 27 seconds, as Casey Cizikas would get this game tied up at one.
For some reason, Peter DeBoer decided to challenge the goal. It clearly wasn’t goalie interference so the Isles went to a power play after the failed challenge. Well, the Sharks power play held strong as the Islanders would go on six power plays total on the night and fail to score on a single one.
San Jose entered the night with a 92 percent penalty kill, and it’s easy to see why they’re the best in the league.
No goals were scored for either side in the third period but the Isles certainly had a number of chances. Two of those six power plays came in the third period. Derick Brassard missed a wide-open net and Jordan Eberle broke his stick on a golden opportunity.
In overtime, it was Logan Couture who played hero again for the second game in a row. The Islanders point streak moves to 17 and despite the loss, the Isles have picked up an impressive 32 out of 34 points over this stretch.
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Winners: Martin Jones, Semyon Varlamov, Logan Couture
Losers: Islanders power play, Otto Koivula, Tim Heed