Islanders Defeat Vegas In Overtime Thanks To Ryan Pulock
The New York Islanders hang on to win in overtime 3-2 as they defeat Vegas for the first time on Nassau Coliseum ice.
After a deflating loss on Tuesday, Barry Trotz decided to shuffle up the lines for this game against Vegas. He put Mathew Barzal with Ross Johnston, Leo Komarov played on the second line, it was your quintessential lines in a blender performance for the New York Islanders.
No goals were scored on either side in the first period, but the Islanders looked like the better team. They got 13 shots off against Vegas and controlled play for the majority of the period despite leaving with a tied score.
In period number two, Cal Clutterbuck came screaming in the offensive zone with Casey Cizikas. Instead of electing to pass to Zeeker he ripped one with that ever-so-sneaky wrist shot.
Coast to coast for Cal Clutterbuck, just as they drew it up. A little over 10 minutes later, Alex Tuch tied the game for Vegas and again, the period ended tied despite the Islanders looking like the better team on the ice.
Early in the third period, Anthony Beauvillier fed a wide-open Brock Nelson in the slot who made no mistake. He buried the puck giving the Isles a lead again. In the winding minutes of the period, Jonathan Marchessault was able to beat Semyon Varlamov to tie the game at two.
That score would hold and overtime was needed. In overtime, Mat Barzal had to have held the puck for close to 1:30. He kept getting possession and tiring out the Vegas defense. Eventually, he got Marchessault to bite on a trip.
Right off the faceoff, Ryan Pulock made Vegas pay.
Ryan Pulock netted his fourth goal of the season, sending the Islanders faithful home happy with a win. The Islanders haven’t lost at home in their last 12 games on home ice. The Islanders improve to 19-6-2 with this overtime win.
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Winners: Ryan Pulock, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck
Losers: Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Brayden McNabb