The last time the New York Islanders took on Washington it didn’t end well. This time, things went a little different in their 5-3 win in D.C.
After a tough 3-1 loss to Tampa, the New York Islanders needed to bounce back in the worst way. Isles fans weren’t too confident when they saw Kieffer Bellows as a healthy scratch but oddly enough the offense came out flying to start this game.
3:30 into the period Anthony Beauvillier was set up on a beauty tic tac toe goal on a feed from Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey. It was exactly the kind of start that the Islanders needed. They weren’t done.
That same line set up another nice goal from Anthony Beauvillier at the 6:16 mark giving the Islanders a 2-0 lead. This time, all three forwards went right to the net and the puck slipped out to Beau who made no mistake beating Ilya Samsonov for the second time.
Later in the period, the Caps would get one back. John Carlson netted his 15th of the year as Thomas Greiss was screened infront of the net by Alex Ovechkin who also put Johnny Boychuk in a blender on the same play.
Before the period came to a close, the Islanders would grab one more thanks to Devon Toews.
Josh Bailey picked up his third assist of the period as he sent Devon Toews in for a nice shot on net. Bails now has 11 points in his last 10 games as his season is slowly turning around.
Just 45 seconds into the second frame, Leo Komarov netted his second on the season. It somehow snuck through Samsonov, Uncle Leo goals always crack me up for some reason and this one didn’t disappoint, and the Isles were up 4-1.
Later in the period, after taking a bad penalty in the first, Jordan Eberle netted his ninth of the year to give the Islanders a four-goal lead.
Then, the moment changed. Lars Eller would pick up his 14th of the year not even a minute later. Scott Mayfield followed that up with a bad high sticking penalty that sent the Caps to a power play. They converted thanks to T.J. Oshie and suddenly it was a two-goal game.
The Islanders went into defensive mode in the third period. No goals were scored for either side but it certainly felt as if the Caps had more of the momentum at this point. According to Natural Stat Trick, the Caps had a 61.11 CF percentage. Yikes.
Regardless, the Isles hung on to win 5-3, a much-needed win for this club who has to head home and take on Philadelphia tomorrow.
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Winners: Josh Bailey, Anthony Beauvillier, Brock Nelson
Losers: Ilya Samsonov, Alex Ovechkin, Martin Fehervary