Islanders Get a Point But Fall in Overtime to San Jose
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders were back in action after having games postponed on Sunday and Tuesday. It was also nice to see Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Andy Greene, and Adam Pelech return from COVID protocol and make their impact felt on the ice immediately.
Just 1:04 into the game, Mathew Barzal gave the Isles their first lead in UBS Arena.
What a rip from Mat Barzal who desperately needed that as he previously didn't have a point in five straight games. The Isles looked hot out of the gate but made a mistake as the team was called for too many men on the ice.
Right as the power play expired, Nick Bonino netted his third goal of the season to tie the game up at one. There were no goals in the second period but the biggest story was Ilya Sorokin.
The Isles were sent to two penalty kills and the best killer by far was Ilya Sorokin. Sure, Anthony Beauvillier had a particularly good PK shift but through the first two period, Ilya Sorokin was the best player on the ice and it wasn't particularly close.
In the third period, it was pretty even with just seven shots apiece. There weren't a number of quality chances and by the end both teams were playing for overtime. The teams got their wish, as the Islanders got their first point but the OT frame didn't last long.
Just 39 seconds into overtime, Erik Karlsson ended it as Anthony Beauvillier and JG Pageau got a little too aggressive and it led to a two-on-one. The losing streak continues. Next up, the Islanders will take on the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.