After a tough effort on the road in Los Angeles, the New York Islanders were back in action less than 24 hours later. Thankfully, it was not a repeat effort for this team on Sunday night. In the first period, it was penalties galore.
There were six penalties combined in that period but neither team scored on the man advantage. The first goal scorer was actually Noah Dobson, who simply can't stop producing points.
Since December 5, no defenseman in the league has more goals than Noah Dobson. The leap Noah Dobson took this year is truly remarkable. He's on pace for 45 points and 16 goals. The Islanders desperately needed that kind of production from a blue liner and they found it in Dobber.
In the second period, the Islanders had 40 seconds of power play time to start the period. They didn't cash in with a goal but Ross Johnston connected with Casey Cizikas on a beautiful feed to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.
How about Ross Johnston with that feed! He hasn't played since February 12 but was ready to go tonight, along with the rest of the team. No other goals were scored in this period but what stood out to me was Ilya Sorokin's play.
Through two periods he had 21 saves. Ilya Sorokin was clearly tired from running out every night before finally getting spelled by Semyon Varlamov. He looked like his old self in net tonight.
The third was relatively quiet at the start. Then, Zach Parise came up with a block and clear and Ross Johnston sent a beautiful feed to Andy Greene who scored his second goal of the year. How about Ross Johnston and Andy Greene who were healthy scratches for six straight games and both of them play huge roles in the Islanders win tonight.
Kieffer Bellows wanted to get in on the fun too. He tipped one past a Ducks defender to score on a breakaway opportunity. For those keeping track at home, he's got 13 points in 26 games and points in four out of six games since returning to the lineup as a regular.
Ilya Sorokin secured his fifth shutout of the year with the 4-0 win. The Islanders will travel to Colorado on Tuesday to take on the Avalanche.