After two days off, the New York Islanders were back in action taking on the Carolina Hurricanes. In the first period, there were a few power play opportunities for each side as Ethan Bear, Martin Necas, and Casey Cizikas all took penalties.
Neither team had any luck on the power play, and after one period of play, the game would remain scoreless. The biggest note of the first period was Martin Necas shooting directly into Ilya Sorokin with a wide open net.
In the second, it was a completely different story. The Islanders were, dare I say, dominant in the period. At 8:24 JG Pageau got the Islanders n the board with his 15th of the year and his third game in a row with a goal.
JG Pageau struggled for a big chunk of the season but his recent hot streak has him back on pace for a very JG Pageau like season. In the period, the Hurricanes only got one shot on net. Yes, seriously, Ilya Sorokin only faced one shot on goal while the Islanders got eight on net for Frederik Andersen.
In the third period, Casey Cizikas took yet another penalty for a dangerous hit on Brendan Smith. Penalties have been a major issue for Casey Cizikas, especially since the All Star break, but the Islanders were able to kill it. In fact, they held the hurricanes scoreless through 19 minutes but with 57 seconds left, the Hurricanes got on the board. Vincent Trocheck scored his 19th of the year to tie it up.
Well, Kyle Palmieri didn't want overtime. With just 15 seconds left, Kyle Palmieri on an effort play won the game for New York.
What an effort, what a win. Wow. The Islanders held on to win 2-1 and now will head to St. Louis to round out the road trip tomorrow night.