Islanders: Anders Lee Wins It With OT Goal vs Devils
By Matt O'Leary
After falling behind 3-2 late, the New York Islanders tie it up and get a game-winning goal from Anders Lee in overtime to beat the Devils.
After a 1-0 win last night, the New York Islanders followed up their performance with a good effort in New Jersey. In the first period, Casey Cizikas got the Isles on the board with his ninth goal of the season.
This one was largely set up by Leo Komarov of all people, who skated around the net to buy the Isles some time before passing over to Matt Martin before Cizikas got a hold of it.
That lead was short-lived, as P.K. Subban would tie things up just five minutes later with an absolute rocket from the blue line. It was Subban’s fifth on the season.
The score would remain tied for less than two minutes as Jordan Eberle, who hasn’t scored a goal since December 14, finally found the back of the net for his fourth on the season.
In period number two, the Isles would get a ton of chances on Mackenzie Blackwood, who was pretty solid tonight. He stopped all 18 shots the Isles had in the period. Unfortunately, a late goal from Nico Hischier would tie the game up at two just before the end of the period.
Mat Barzal got out-worked on this goal as Hischier skated around the perimeter of the zone and then caught Barzy flat-footed.
In the third period, Thomas Greiss would take the first penalty of the game. He ended up tripping Nikita Gusev which sent the Devils to the man-advantage. Kyle Palmieri netted his 16th goal of the season giving New Jersey a late 3-2 lead.
Just a couple of minutes later, the Isles responded with a goal from their third line!
Kuhnhackl with an absolute rocket tied this game back up. How about Michael Dal Colle picking up an assist in back to back games. Don’t look now but Mikey’s on a hot streak!
The game would need overtime, tied at three goals apiece. In a wild overtime session, there were opportunities galore that featured a 3-on-1 for the Devils, an Anthony Beauvillier breakaway, and finally a goal from Anders Lee.
It was Lee’s 13th goal on the season giving the Isles the extra point in this one improving their record to 27-12-3.
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Winners: Anders Lee, Nico Hischier, Michael Dal Colle
Losers: Travis Zajac, Blake Coleman, Johnny Boychuk