Boy did the New York Islanders need that. After a loss in Columbus, the Islanders were desperate to get back in the win column and they did just that with a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes late on Saturday night.
In the first period, they started extremely slow. Like no shots through the first TV timeout slow. They’d finish with just four in the period, but boy did Cal Clutterbuck make his matter.
That’s now two goals for Cal Clutterbuck and two snipes for Cal Clutterbuck and his slept-on wrist shot. For context, he had just four goals in 50 games during the regular season last year. In the second, it was some more uninspiring play from both sides.
It was fairly quiet until Liam O’Brien and Matt Martin would go off for fighting. O’Brien made his presence felt with a few questionable hits tonight and Martin finally had enough. Late in the period, Jay Beagle took a cross-checking penalty on Oliver Wahlstrom and the Islanders would make them pay as Brock Nelson was credited with his second goal of the season.
It appeared like Josh Bailey got his first of the season but after the period, they looked at it and determined that on the way to the net Brock Nelson got a stick on it. In the third, the Coyotes all but mailed it in.
It looked like Kyle Palmieri gave the Isles a 3-0 lead but after review, it was determined that Karel Vejmelka froze the puck and the refs took it off the board. Barry Trotz wasn’t a fan of it and it’s easy to understand why when there was no whistle and it didn’t appear that one was coming.
Well, the hockey gods credited the Islanders as Anthony Beauvillier would score on a beauty of a feed from Brock Nelson.
The Islanders would close it out with a 3-0 shutout win. Ilya Sorokin stopped all 26 shots that he faced. He didn’t face a ton of action but he was solid tonight for the Islanders. As for the second line, the line that Barry called out earlier in the week, Trotz split them up but Nelson had two points, Beauvillier a goal, and Bailey an assist.
The Isles have a quick turnaround as they play tomorrow in Vegas as well before some much-needed rest time. The Islanders improve to 2-2-1.