The New York Islanders are back in action at home this time against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a team they've played well against in recent years. Ilya Sorokin got the start for the Islanders and despite controlling play in the first few minutes, Jake Guentzel got the Penguins on the board first.
The Islanders were quick to respond with old reliable Zach Parise. Parise scored his 12th goal of the year assisted by Mathew Barzal and Noah Dobson
By the way, Parise wasn't done. Just a few minutes left, Zach Parise netted a short handed goal this time from JG Pageau. Pageau came flying into the zone with speed and Parise just put himself in a great spot to get a goal. It's as simple as that.
In the final minute, Josh Bailey got in on the fun with his ninth goal of the season. How about Josh Bailey with that shot.
JG Pageau won a face off, it popped out to Bailey in the slot and he made no mistake about it. This is the version of Josh Bailey everyone loves to see.
In the second period, the Islanders let the Penguins get right back in the game. Danton Heinen scored his 15th of the year to make it a 3-2 game. In the neutral zone a pass from Andy Greene to Zach Parise was just out of his reach and it went back the other way and Heinen was able to pick up a picture perfect pass from Kasperi Kapanen.
Jake Guentzel would add his second of the game and his 35th on the season as the Islanders were caught hemmed in for far too long. Noah Dobson had a two minute shift in the sequence leading up to the Penguins goal. 19 shots in the period from Pittsburgh isn't exactly ideal.
In the third period, Josh Bailey gave the Islanders an early lead with his second of the game. That 4-3 lead didn't last very long though and there was some drama. Anthony Beauvillier was called for a penalty that was very evidently not a penalty. Kapanen stepped on the puck but it was called a trip:
Naturally, on the phantom power play the Penguins would score to tie it back up at four. On the faceoff, the Penguins were then called for a penalty giving the Islanders a power play where they missed out on a couple of golden opportunities, of course.
In overtime, Anthony Beauvillier was called for a penalty which sent the Penguins to the power play. Casey Cizikas nearly scored a short handed goal that had to be reviewed and Ilya Sorokin flashed the leather to keep this game alive and force a shootout. In the shutout, Ilya Sorokin stood tall and Kyle Palmieri won it for the Islanders.
It was a little unconventional how they got there, but a win is a win and Ilya Sorokin was huge for this team. The Islanders next game is on Thursday against the Penguins in their building.