Islanders Top Line Continues to Thrive in 4-3 Win Over Columbus

Mar 29, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; New York Islanders left wing Zach Parise (11) celebrates a goal
Mar 29, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; New York Islanders left wing Zach Parise (11) celebrates a goal / Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

After two tough losses over the weekend, the Islanders were back in action in Columbus. Semyon Varlamov got the start for the injured Ilya Sorokin as expected. Early in the first, the Blue Jackets got on the board first with a goal from Vladislav Gavrikov.

Patrick Laine took a big shot that registered a rebound that went right to Gavrikov. The Islanders would answer though as they went to the power play and Brock Nelson continued his hot streak with goal number 32.

He now has goals in four straight games. The Isles weren't done either, Josh Bailey picked up his eighth of the season just under four minutes later to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead before the end of the first.

In the second, Anthony Beauvillier was gifted one from Brock Nelson giving the Islanders a 3-1 lead. The Beauvillier - Nelson - Lee unit has been great for the Islanders and they continued their hot streak in this game.

At the 9:10 mark of the period, the Islanders extended their lead to 4-1 with a goal from Zach Parise on a beautiful feed from Noah Dobson.

Noah Dobson and Zach Parise have been two bright spots for the Islanders this year in an otherwise lost year. You just have to love the aggressiveness from Noah Dobson with this pass.

Before the end of the second, Gavrikov scored for the second time today. Oliver Wahlstrom was caught puck watching here which doesn't bode well for his ice time that he's struggled to come by in the last few weeks anyway.

The Blue Jackets, who are known for their comeback victories this year, got an early goal in the third from Oliver Bjorkstrand for his 24th of the year. Matt Martin blocked a shot but it ended up right in Bjorkstrand's lap.

The Blue Jackets continued to get numerous chances in the third period and a late penalty from Anthony Beauvillier allowed for a six on four after Columbus pulled the goalie. It got stressful but Semyon Varlamov stood tall and secured the win for New York.