This is, at least, the beginning.
After an 11-day break, the Islanders played the rest of the league and sat empty at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, where they finally returned to the ice on Thursday night. And, despite some difficulty at the start of the game, Matthew Barzal scored at 15:07 in the third half and the Islanders moved into the 500 (11-12-6) game, a much-needed 3-2 g over the Devils. won the alabaster. ) and taking the first step toward what they hope will lead to a return to conflict.
After the last long-term layoff in December, the islanders didn’t rust much, and this time they didn’t rust either. Despite a slow start, they won for the third time in a row and continued to rely on a number of good performances that lasted almost a month.
After two direct penalties in the third half, the situation could have been a spiral for the Islanders, with Nathan Bastian scoring Ilya Sorokin’s goal 9:35 before the end of the game. ‘naltirdi. But the Islanders showed a lack of coolness at the start of the season.
Barzal scored the game-winning goal in less than five minutes, and John Gillis scored from a Josh Bailey pass at the end of four games.
The Devils opened the scoring two minutes before the end of the match, but one minute before the end of the match, despite the “golden opportunity”, they occupied the opponent’s goal.
At 9:43 in the first half, the “devils” took the lead with a score of 1: 0, Sorokin could not stop the shot from the wrist by Yegor Sharangovich, the puck went between his pads and went into the net. A few minutes later, the Islanders were unable to take advantage of a strong game and the crowd was disappointed to use their penalty in the 40-second game. But the next time the “devils” did not make the same mistake when kicking a penalty.
Bailey equalized the game for the first time at 18:59 and Anthony Boville scored the ball straight, scoring five straight goals for the Islanders in a power-play goal. yinni performed.
In the second half, the Islanders took the lead and took a 2-1 lead with Adam Pelech’s first goal of the season, which Zach passed through the Parisian screen before beating Gillies at 9:22. Paris scored the second goal of the night.
The Devils are worse than the Islanders in terms of points, and they played seven players on Thursday, including two of the best goalkeepers, thanks to the COVID-19 protocol.
Gillies stopped 23 shots and it wasn’t too bad for the demons. Sorokin avoided 29 games and played confidently from the Devils ’first goal error.
The islanders are having a hard time with the upcoming calendar. They are scheduled to play three games in four days starting Saturday – a pace that is unlikely to decline for the rest of the season – and the error limit is very low.
But the first phase of the reversal, which is expected to reach .500, is visible. On Thursday, he won a five-game series. The Islanders, make no mistake, are playing better.