The Upshot: Islanders comeback to earn a point; lose 5-4 in OT to Columbus

New York Islanders v Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Islanders v Columbus Blue Jackets / Kirk Irwin/GettyImages


Boone Jenner scored 40 seconds into overtime, and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night at Nationwide Arena. Brock Nelson scored twice for the Islanders, including the game-tying goal for the Isles, who trailed 4-2 entering the third period. Zach Parise scored his 20th goal of the season, and Kyle Palmieri added a goal and an assist. Ilya Sorokin had 22 saves in the loss. For Columbus, Johnny Gaudreau, Liam Foudy, Eric Robinson, and Kent Johnson all scored, with Johnson scoring a highlight reel "Michigan" goal in the second period. Goaltender Michael Hutchinson won his first game with Columbus, making 34 saves.


The Islanders have had the penchant of coming back in third periods and it happened again on Friday night. Trailing 4-2 enttering the third, they came out flying with sustained pressure in the opening minutes of the period. Kyle Palmieri tipped in an Adam Pelech shot to bring them to within a goal and then on their only power play opportunity of the game, Brock Nelson scored his second of the game seconds into the man advantage to tie the game.


With under a minute to play in the third period, Anders Lee was called for a high stick after an offensive zone face-off, giving Columbus a power play that would carry over into O.T. Playing 4-on-3, the Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner tipped a shot by Adam Boqvist 40 seconds into OT to win it It was a careless penalty at an inopportune time, and you expect better from the Isles captain.

Overall, this felt like a trap game after the 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, and although the team probably knew that, they still came out sloppy and a tad off against an undermanned Blue Jackets team that lost Patrick Laine to injury the day before and practice and was starting Michael Hutchinson against Sorokin. For Hutchinson, it was his first win since April 4, 2021.


Zach Parise scored the first goal of the game for the Islanders for his 20th of the season. Parise is the first player age 38 or older in Islanders history to reach the mark in a season and per NHL PR, he became the sixth active player with 80-plus game-opening goals, trailing Alex Ovechkin (140), Sidney Crosby (104), Joe Pavelski (89), Patrice Bergeron (88) and Steven Stamkos (81).


We hate that it happened to Ilya Sorokin, but 27 years after "The Michigan Goal" was born by Mike Legg, a 20-year-old Michigan alum, Kent Johnson pulled it off against the Islanders. This is becoming more commonplace in the NHL, but what made Johnson's goal that much more impressive was the move he made that led to him going for the trick shot behind the net.


The Islanders are back on home ice on Saturday night when they host the Buffalo Sabres at UBS Arena. It's an early start time of 5:00PM ET from Elmont, NY