The New York Islanders went on the road to Montreal to take on the Canadiens. After not playing since Saturday, the Islanders got out with a strong start in the first period as Brock Nelson got them on the board just 4:14 into the game.
Anthony Beauvillier and Kyle Palmieri assisted on that Nelson goal and got the team off to a solid start in the first period as they lead the way 1-0 and had a shot advantage of 12-10. Ilya Sorokin was steady as well once again in the first.
If you thought the first was good, wait until the Islanders got going in the second period. First, we need to show off this Oliver Wahlstrom goal.
I mean just an absolute bomb from the slot up top from Oliver Wahlstrom for his fifth of the season. The Islanders have been looking for a sniper for an eternity, well look no further because Wahlstrom is that guy.
Later in the period, Brock Nelson would get his second of the game on an unbelievable backhand. Anthony Beauvillier and Zdeno Chara picked up assists on the play and suddenly it was a three goal lead for New York.
Brock and the Isles weren’t done, Anthony Beauvillier found Brock Nelson for his third of the game, a hat trick just 35:23 into the game.
Both Oliver Wahlstrom and Brock Nelson have five goals on the season, leading the way. The best part of that is that neither of the two play on the top line. It’s the depth that is playing dividends for the Isles.
Just for laughs, JG Pageau felt like getting his first of the season as well before the end of the period. This time it was good work below the goal line from Zach Parise who picked up his first point as an Islander on the playmaking it 5-0 after 20 minutes.
For most of the third, the Islanders took their foot off the gas. They had a power play opportunity and Barry Trotz was just rolling regular lines but at 15:20 Nick Suzuki got the Canadiens on the board.
Zdeno Chara broke his stick and Scott Mayfield wasn’t able to get back and Suzuki made them pay. It was shorthanded too which was just a little bit extra of a head-scratcher considering what happened in the sequence.
Then the Isles got sloppy. Scott Mayfield went off for interference and then Cal Clutterbuck for a cross-check. A 5-on-3 led to yet another goal for the Canadiens to make it a 5-2 game. Well, Brock Nelson said I’ll add one more. For an empty-net goal to make it a 6-2 game before wrapping it up.
Four goals in the game for Brock Nelson and a good performance from Ilya Sorokin who stopped 36 of 38 for a .946 save percentage. The Isles improve to 4-2-2 through eight games this year.