HOW IT HAPPENED
Anthony Beauvillier scored the eventual game-winner on the power play in the third period as the Vancouver Canucks rallied from two goals down to defeat the Islanders 6-5 at UBS Arena on Thursday night. Elias Pettersson had two third-period goals and an assist, and Brock Boeser had a goal and two assists for the Canucks (21-27-4), who got 24 saves from Collin Delia.
Former Canucks captain Bo Horvat scored in his second consecutive game for the Islanders. Mathew Barzal, Kyle Palmieri, Brock Nelson, and Noah Dobson also scored. After registering shutouts in his two prior starts, Ilya Sorokin allowed six goals on 34 shots for the Islanders (27-23-5).
WHAT WENT RIGHT
For the second consecutive game, the Islanders scored more than three goals, scoring four through two periods in each game. And for the second consecutive game, Mathew Barzal and Bo Horvat hooked up for another goal as the chemistry between the two is evident. Barzal himself also scored just one second after a power play ended. Earlier, during the same power play, Horvat tipped in a shot from Noah Dobson, but after review, the goal was disallowed as it was determined that Anders Lee interfered with the goaltender.
WHAT WENT WRONG
The four-game winning streak was encouraging because of the Islanders' defensive efforts, allowing just three goals in that span. For most of the year, Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov have covered for a team that has allowed too many scoring chances and have had too many giveaways. On Thursday, neither the goaltending or the team in front of Sorokin was any good. "Thought we just didn't break the puck out well," Dobson said. "Too many turnovers, and I think overall it's just not a good enough effort. We definitely have to be better than that."
The Islanders penalty kill is the best in the league at home, but Vancouver was able to score twice with the man-advantage, the first time the Isles allowed two PP goals at home since Dec. 2 vs. the Nashville Predators. The second goal was tipped in by Beauvillier, his first goal with his new team.
STATS OF THE GAME
According to NHL PR, Brock Nelson became the eighth player in Islanders history to record seven or more seasons with 20-plus goals, joining Bryan Trottier (13x), Mike Bossy (10x), Brent Sutter (10x), Denis Potvin (9x), John Tavares (9x), Clark Gillies (8x) and Bobby Nystrom (7x).
SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENT OF THE GAME
Before the game, Beauvillier spoke with MSGNetworks’ Shannon Hogan about a weird week and an even weirder day returning back to UBS Arena. At the first TV timeout, Beau received a video tribute and a standing ovation from the crowd. We've seen a lot of these over the last two seasons as players from the deep playoff runs have returned back. This was arguably the most heartfelt.
The Islanders head north of the border to Montreal for a Saturday afternoon matinee against the Canadiens. The early face-off is at 12:30 PM ET