The New York Islanders were in action early on this Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 pm puck drop. In the first, neither team was able to score but the highlight was Semyon Varlamov in net who came up with a couple of monster saves for New York.
The final save of the period was this beauty
Look at the big man moving from right to left to come up with the big save! Semyon Varlamov has been excellent recently which could bode well for the Islanders if they elect to trade him before Monday's trade deadline.
In the second period, the Islanders played really well. Early in the frame, Ryan Pulock blasted a 100 mph slap shot home to give the Isles a 1-0 lead:
Vintage Ryan Pulock right here. It's only his second goal of the period, mostly due to missing time with injury, but it's good to see Pulock finding the back of the net again for the Islanders. The Islanders had another great chance before the end of the period on a rush with Noah Dobson, Kyle Palmieri, and Josh Bailey. Bails shot was stopped by Jake Oettinger which sent the Stars going the other way which resulted in a Denis Gurianov goal with just 1:14 left in the second period. Deflating.
Early in the third, Zach Parise drew a penalty which sent the Islanders to the power play. Noah Dobson picked up yet another power play point picking up the assist on the Brock Nelson goal for his 25th on the season. Just 1:38 later, Brock Nelson would score again putting the Islanders up 3-1.
The Stars weren't done though. Jacob Peterson got the Stars within one as the Stars went in on the attack and Tyler Seguin popped one out to Peterson who beat Semyon Varlamov with 8:21 to go in the game
Almost directly after that, Kyle Palmieri took a holding penalty. It was a huge penalty kill for the Islanders and they did just that, kill the penalty. Casey Cizikas even took a puck to the face, which was a scary moment, but he ended up to be just fine.
The Stars pulled their goalie and Brock Nelson found the back of the net for his third of the game and a new career high of 27 goals for Brock Nelson! Have a third period my friend. The Isles win 4-2 and are back in action tomorrow against Philadelphia.