It was an early afternoon puck drop for the New York Islanders today as they took on the St Louis Blues at home. This game actually started pretty perfectly for the New York Islanders as they got on the board first thanks to Oliver Wahlstrom.
Wahlstrom went in on a breakaway, was unable to score but continued to play tough and the puck finally bounced his way.
I can't express enough how badly Oliver Wahlstrom needed that goal. He was previously 0-for-11 in finding the back of the net in games before this goal in the first period. Also, it appeared that the Isles made it 2-0 game as Kyle Palmieri found the back of the net but unfortunately, it was ruled goalie interference.
Anyway, at the end of the first period Pavel Buchnevich took a dumb penalty with just five seconds left and it sent the Isles to a power play. At the top of the second period, it was Brock Nelson finding his scoring touch to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.
This was Brock Nelson's 20th goal on the season. This is now the sixth time that he's scored 20 goals in a period. He's been an incredibly consistent goal scorer for New York and like a fine wine, has gotten better as he's gotten older.
The team didn't pick up another goal but the Islanders finished the second period strong. Things got a little chippy towards the end of the period, and through two periods of play the Islanders had a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Kyle Palmieri got robbed again! It looked like he got one in with a deflection but after a very long luck it was ruled that he tipped it in with a high stick. Unreal! Neither will count in the box score but he was great today.
The Blues pulled the goalie early and at 17:08, Robert Thomas scored to make it a one goal game. Ilya Sorokin was unable to get the post, which has been a far too common theme for him at points this year especially recently.
The Islanders held on to win 2-1 in a game where for 58 minutes they looked excellent. The end was rather frightening but a win is a win.