The start to this game is exactly what the New York Islanders were hoping for. In the first, they were controlling play and even got a couple of power play chances. The first power play saw the Isles get numerous pucks on net which is something they struggled to do all year.
Finally, on the second opportunity it was Anders Lee doing his thing in front of the net for New York for his 10th on the season.
Win a faceoff, go to the front of the net, and beat the goalie five-hole. It's perfect, and exactly what Anders Lee makes his living off of. The Isles took that one goal lead into the room but quickly saw the momentum tip the other direction.
Just 31 seconds into the period, Leon Draisaitl scored his 25th goal of the period. He just threw one off Matt Martin's skate and it ended up in the back of the net. It doesn't have to be pretty but it still counts the same.
Darnell Nurse would add another one, just his second of the season, before the end of the period. New York had just five shots on goal in the period after allowing the Oilers to get off 11 of their own in the second frame.
The start of the third period was much better for the Islanders. A good shift from Cal Clutterbuck, Anthony Beauvillier, and Ross Johnston led to Beau finding the back of the net just 2:30 into the frame to tie it up at two.
It was the right place at the right time for Anthony Beauvillier. As for the Isles defense, they went into shutdown mode not allowing a shot until over 14 minutes into the period. Zach Parise just missed a game tying goal as well, as Darnell Nurse made an unbelievable play to get in front of the net and block the attempt.
This game would need overtime and in the extra frame, it was Noah Dobson who played hero.
The Islanders have their next four games postponed so it might be a little bit until we see them next but man it was a fun one today. Hats off to Noah Dobson, the Islanders are playing good hockey again.