The Upshot: The NY Islanders defeat the Dallas Stars in Patrick Roy's debut behind the bench

Jan 21, 2024; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders head coach Patrick Roy coaches against the
Jan 21, 2024; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders head coach Patrick Roy coaches against the / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The NY Islanders are undefeated under the Patrick Roy regime, defeating the Dallas Stars 3-2 in OT. The Islanders came out with an extra jolt from the opening faceoff, hunting down pucks and using their forecheck. Alexander Romanov got the Isles on the board early, jumping into the rush and wristed one past Scott Wedgewood. A beautiful Jason Robertson goal and a shot Ilya Sorokin wished he could have back had the Isles chasing the Stars on the scoreboard entering the third. Dobson, who could have had four or five assists on the night, wristed a puck toward traffic in front of goal, which deflected off Hudson Fasching and into the goal. Into the extra frame we went once again, where just over 30 seconds in, Mat Barzal picked the puck off Matt Duchene, sending the puck banking off the boards to a streaking Bo Horvat, who buried a backhander past Wedgewood for the win.


Roy's aura and energy behind the bench emanated through his team despite meeting them for the first time just a few hours before puck drop. Vocal from the bench for the game's duration, Roy was engaged for all 60+ minutes. Sorokin was solid in net, making key saves at big moments, finishing with 41 saves on the night. Dobson was creating from the point, setting up Brock Nelson on the doorstep with a beautiful pass from the boards, but Nelson, unfortunately, couldn't finish the play.


The second period hasn't been friendly to the Islanders all season, with tonight being no exception, as they were outshot 14-5 in the middle stanza. From a positional standpoint, the Islanders seemed much more structured than in prior games, but they just can't seem to get their legs under them for the middle period.


The only stat that really mattered on the night is that the Islanders are 1-0 under their new head coach. The Isles were outshot 43-27 on the night but never seemed overwhelmed and killed all four penalties. The fourth line, under much scrutiny after the letdown in Nashville, didn't touch the ice in the final five minutes.


The celebration from the new bench boss who has no issues showing his emotions.


The Isles look to make it two in a row when they host the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm EST.