No. 10 - Josh Bailey: Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 1 ... to the Island and the 10th spot on our countdown to Josh Bailey. I don't know if this goal makes the countdown without Brendan Burke's emphatic call. But "The Island" and "Game One to the Island" have become so woven into the team's fandom in recent years that it makes the list ahead of some worthy options from the 1970s, 80s, and even 90s. Something for the younger generation!
Bailey's OT goal in Game 1 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals lifted the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum. Mathew Barzal skated into the zone on 2-on-1 with Jordan Eberle and made a nifty move to draw Pens goaltender Matt Murray out of his crease. Barzal's backhand hit the left post and with Murray out of position, Bailey swooped in and found the net for the dramatic victory to open the series.
"I see the puck laying there and I was just obviously (angry), I thought the chance had ended," Barzal said. "And I see Bails come in and swoop in and bury it. I was obviously super happy to see that. Awesome for him. First game, and that's nice for the confidence."
"It just happened so quick," Bailey said. "I wasn't sure. It didn't lay very flat for me. I was just trying to whack it and hope it went in. ... A crucial game. There's still a long way to go, but a good win for us."
The Islanders would sweep the Penguins in four games to advance to the second round.