It was a day of celebration for the New York Islanders. Well, at least before puck drop. First Andy Greene celebrated his 1000th game in the NHL with a pregame ceremony. Then, Robin Lehner got a hero's welcome from the Long Island faithful in his long-awaited return.
Relatively early in the first, Jonathan Marchessault got the Vegas Golden Knights on the board with his 14th goal on the season. That lead was short-lived though as the Isles would go to a power play and Brock Nelson netted his 10th of the season.
The score was tied up at one at the end of one and it would remain that way through the second period. Ilya Sorokin and Robin Lehner went back in forth with big time saves in the period as both teams had some solid chances to get the lead. Vegas had 10 shots to the Islanders nine in the second frame.
In the third, Zdeno Chara took a high sticking call that led to a goal from Shea Theodore on the man advantage. There wasn't much that Ilya Sorokin could do here as it was a rip from the point on the mad advantage. Just a frustrating mental mistake from the veteran, Chara.
The Islanders weren't done though, Zach Parise was able to find Kieffer Bellows breaking in to beat Lehner to tie this puppy up at two.
It appeared like the Islanders took the lead on a goal from Cal Clutterbuck but after a coaches challenge it was brought back as Casey Cizikas was slightly offside so the goal didn't count. Don't fret though, the Islanders scored for real just moments later.
What an unbelievable play from Oliver Wahlstrom to JG Pageau to give the Isles a 3-2 lead over Vegas.
Vegas pulled the goalie and with 47.1 seconds to go, Shea Theodore tied the game up at three. Just unbelievably frustrating for this team unable to close this out in the final minute.
Well, this mishap cost them the extra point. The Islanders had a couple of chances in the overtime period but weren't able to get one past Robin Lehner. In the shootout, the Islanders went 0-for-2 while the Theodore and Nicolas Roy were able to beat Ilya Sorokin.
The Islanders fell 4-3 in the shootout and their game against the Montreal Canadiens was canceled tomorrow. The next time they play is on Thursday, against the Washington Capitals.