Rather than a typical post-game after the New York Islanders 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, I thought I’d do something a bit different than a simple game re-cap because at the end of the day you can get that anywhere.
So, here’s a look at the three top players and three worst players for the New York Islanders tonight.
New York Islanders winners and losers in 2-1 OT win
Ilya Sorokin | 36 saves, 0.973 SV%, 1.21 Game Score
The rookie goalie stole two points tonight for the New York Islanders. The Flyers, specifically in the first period, ran the show getting 12 shots on goal to the Isles four. If not for Ilya Sorokin in net tonight, the Islanders easily lose this one.
Oliver Wahlstrom | 1 goal, 1 SOG, 1.89 Game Score (Highest of the game)
Oliver Wahlstrom can’t stop scoring goals. With the only regulation goal for the Isles, the 20-year-old is now on a four-game point streak and has six points over his last six games.
This goal wasn’t particularly pretty, but not all of them are. Sometimes a forward has to get to the net and put away the garbage. Just like Wahlstrom did here.
He probably not winning the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie, but the kid is putting himself in the discussion.
Anthony Beauvillier | 1G (OT GWG), 4SOG, 1.88 Game Score
Beauvillier has been on a cold streak since his return to the lineup from an injury. He went eight games without a goal and seven without a helper before scoring in the Isles 6-1 on Saturday.
If we know anything about Anthony Beauvillier who’s now in his fifth year with the Isles, it’s that he scores in bunches.
In OT, Beau played the part of the hero with this wraparound winner.
Leo Komarov | 1SOG, 3 Hits, 1 Takeaway, Staying out of the way
Leo Komarov told the media that he plans to “stay out of the way” as he plays on the top line. That isn’t what you want to hear from a guy who’s playing on the top line. I know what he meant (let Mat and Jordan do all the heavy lifting). But that’s not ok. The Isles don’t need a passenger on the top line (what team does?).
Apparently “staying out of the way” meant that Leo would leave the O-Zone in an offensive opportunity for his team.
Nick Leddy | 2 PIM, 3 Blocks
The Islanders put themselves in a position to get at least a point in this game. They may not have deserved it, but with a tied game with less than two minutes left, the Isles needed to manage it out for OT.
Nick Leddy didn’t help by taking a late hooking call at 18:11 in the third. Thankfully, the Isles killed it and eventually won it.
Jordan Eberle | 1 SOG
The New York Islanders top line was anonymous outside of Mathew Barzal. While Leo Komarov stayed out of the way, Jordan Eberle stayed off the stat sheet.