On Sunday afternoon the New York Islanders were back in action. What made this one interesting was Cory Schneider got his first start in almost two years against his former team. Not only was it his first start in years, he was actually pretty solid today too.
In the first period, it was the JG Pageau show. At 11:56, JG Pageau got the Islanders on the board with his 11th goal on the season:
What passing from the Islanders here! They weren't done, at the 14:00 mark of the period it was JG Pageau again this time on the power play to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead before the end of the first period.
At the start of the second, we had a strange play from PK Subban. Oliver Wahlstrom checked Jack Hughes (a clean hit but Hughes was shaken up) and Subban just mauled him. Subban was promptly ejected for the rest of the game.
Later in the period, JG Pageau scored for the third time today! It was Pageau's second career hat trick, ironically the first also happened in New Jersey as well, and the Islanders were up 3-0.
Before the end of the second, the Devils would respond with a goal from Jesper Boqvist, his sixth of the season.
In the third period, Tomas Tatar found the back of the net to score his 13th goal of the season. Suddenly, New Jersey was right back in this game against the Islanders. It started to feel like the Devils were getting back in this game, until Kyle Palmieri scored.
Kyle Palmieri scores his 13th of the season and fifth in the last 12 games. He's finally got back on track and he was able to find the back of the net against his former team.
The Devils pulled the goalie and Nico Hischier was able to find the back of the net going top shelf. With 1:06 in the third, the Devils were very much back in this game. On the next shift, he was just inches away from tying this game up.
The Islanders would hang on to win 4-3. Good for Cory Schneider getting a win against his former team in his first NHL game in over two years. The Isles were good today, and they're back in action on Tuesday against Dallas.