The New York Islanders were trying to build off their performance in Chicago on Tuesday tonight in Columbus. Out of the gate, Ilya Sorokin was solid stopping all 11 shots that he faced in the first period.
The Isles generated 10 shots of their own to no prevail. Columbus had two power play opportunities and both were questionable. The first, Kyle Palmieri for interference on Elvis Merzlikins and the second a “trip” from Oliver Wahlstrom on Adam Boqvist.
It took until the second period for the Islanders to get on the board and it was Scott Mayfield who broke the scoreless tie at 10:35:
The momentum would quickly shift after Casey Cizikas took his second penalty of the period. On the power play, Boone Jenner was able to tip one past Ilya Sorokin which tied up the game at one goal apiece.
33 seconds later, Cole Sillinger gave the Blue Jackets the lead. Just an absolutely brutal shift from the Islanders after allowing the tying goal. Both Blue Jackets’ goals came within the final two minutes of the period.
The Isles needed a strong start to the third period and that’s exactly what they got. At 5:03 into the period, Mat Barzal tied this one back up at 2-2.
After a relatively quiet rest of the period, the game would need overtime. In the three-on-three overtime, Patrick Laine ripped one home past Ilya Sorokin to end this one 3-2. Just before Laine was able to bury the game-winner, Mat Barzal fell into the net so I’m not so sure Sorokin was 100 percent ready for the puck.
The Isles salvage the game and get a point but the meltdown at the end of the second was frustrating, to say the least. Ilya Sorokin stopped 29 of 32 for a .906 save percentage, he wasn’t the issue.
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The Isles will travel to Arizona to take on the Coyotes on Saturday night as they fall to 1-2-1 through their first four games of the season.