Before the start of the game, the Islanders scared us a little. Anders Lee was wiped out of the warm-ups leading to panic for a few minutes before learning it was a non-COVID disease preventing him from entering.
When the game started it was another brutal start for the New York Islanders in Chicago. The Blackhawks came out of the gate and produced a ton of shots. The only difference is the game in the net for the Islanders of Ilya Sorokin.
The Blackhawks had a few power plays in the first period, but even at 5v5 the shots were bleeding. Chicago finished the period with 18, but failed to break through Sorokin’s brick wall in the first.
Early in the second period, the Islanders ended Scott Mayfield’s penalty elimination which continued and started to gain momentum. At 4:08 of the period, Anthony Beauvillier put the Islanders on the board.
First off, how about Oliver Wahlstrom! He was great tonight for the Islanders and here he was playing with Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson making a play leading to an Anthony Beauvillier goal.
Oliver Wahlstrom finished with eight (8!) Shots and ended up seeing action in the top six. As for Kieffer Bellows, well that wasn’t pretty. He looked lost tonight and saw a demotion from the front row pretty quickly.
Before the period was over, the Islanders would have another power play opportunity, but Noah Dobson, who also struggled tonight, was bailed out by Ilya Sorokin on his turnover.
Barely 48 seconds after the start of the third period, Oliver Wahlstrom finally managed to score his well-deserved goal:
It was his seventh shot of the night. Besides Sorokin, he is absolutely the co-star of the game. He had not finished. Just eight minutes later, Wahlstrom would add his second goal to make it a 3-0 game.
The Islanders’ third line was really phenomenal tonight. JG Pageau and Zach Parise teaming up with Oliver Wahlstrom was by far the best line for the Isles tonight.
To add the icing on the cake, Cal Clutterbuck beat Marc-André Fleury to bring the score to 4-0. It didn’t start out well for New York, but the goalkeepers’ good play kept them going until a monstrous third period.
With just 26 seconds left, the Blackhawks are on the board. MacKenzie Entwistle scored on a nice pass from Kirby Dach. Sorokin missed the shutout by just seconds. Barry Trotz contested but not to win.
A save percentage of .974 out of 38 saves should be enough for Sorokin tonight. It wasn’t a perfect performance for New York, but they are on the board with a win. Their next game is Thursday in Columbus.