The New York Islanders picked up their fourth win in a row last night, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime. Here’s the game recap.
Oliver Wahlstrom just about gave the Islanders an early lead, ripping a shot square off the crossbar. Mathew Barzal then did put New York up a bit later, getting the puck on a weird play, where Adam Pelech flipped the puck ahead, Anders Lee batted it and Barzal took it and beat Joonas Korpisalo from a bad angle, on one he really should’ve had.
Seth Jones tied the game later in the period though with a shot that Thomas Greiss got a piece of but it still found a way in. The tie was short-lived though, as Michael Dal Colle tapped in a rebound on a shot from Anthony Beauvillier to give the Islanders a lead once again before the end of the first period.
Greiss preserved the lead for New York about 30 seconds into the second period, when Seth Jones had a point-blank shot from the slot but Greiss was positioned well and made the save. Late in the period though, Oliver Wahlstrom couldn’t handle a pass from Devon Toews, then Thomas Greiss had a point shot pop out of his glove and Boone Jenner buried the rebound. Greiss never should have given out a rebound on the play.
The Blue Jackets thought they took the lead when Cam Atkinson got a shot from a Brock Nelson turnover which somehow fooled Greiss and hit the post. It was a weird play and I can only imagine the uproar against Greiss if that had gone in. He did make up for it right after though, sliding over to make a save on Atkinson right at the top of the crease.
Then Boone Jenner had a chance, where he took a one-hand swipe at a puck which got through Greiss but was swept right off the line. That’s another one where a puck never should have got through Greiss and did but didn’t find its way in.
Brock Nelson ended it early in overtime, when Nick Leddy’s original shot was stopped but he got it back and put it to Nelson, who secured New York’s win.
Greiss stopped 34 of 36 in the win and while he looked bad on a few plays, he got the job done. Also, making his NHL debut last night was Cole Bardreau, who played 8:54 in the win.
The Islanders now have a break until Thursday, when they’ll host the Arizona Coyotes.
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