December 2, 2021

Islanders 3, Penguins 2 (2OT): Ilya Sorokin makes 48 will save, Josh Bailey scores time beyond regulation winner

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In Ilya Sorokin we belief.

The new SoroKing of New York was unbelievable tonight, creating 48 will save on 50 pictures. The Isles skaters… perfectly, it was not their finest evening tonight, but they manufactured the most of their 28 pictures on purpose, climbing again into the sport soon after going down 1- and then 2-1.

Anthony Beauvillier tied the recreation in the past minute of the first interval, and Jordan Eberle tied it once again on the Isles initial shot try of the third time period. But Josh Bailey would be the hero, scoring less than a minute into double additional time and offering the Islanders the prospect to punch their ticket to the next spherical on household ice.

On the non-celebratory facet, Oliver Wahlstrom left the match in the 3rd period soon after falling awkwardly soon after staying hit by Mike Matheson, who in all probability ought to have gotten a penalty for the perform but didn’t. There wasn’t any concrete update on Wahlstrom, who is now “day to day”.

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First Time period

Sorokin was named on early and frequently, making large will save on the Blueger line, Jason Zucker, and Freddie Gaudreau.

Tristan Jarry, at the other close of the rink, stopped a strong Oliver Wahlstrom chance.

Scott Mayfield gave Sorokin some a lot more perform to do, fumbling the puck and bouncing it off the endboards and right into the slot, in which Sorokin experienced to make a great halt on Bryan Rust.

Nick Leddy turned the puck about, and Josh Bailey experienced to head to the box soon after slashing although seeking to split up a Pens participate in. Evgeni Malkin manufactured it 1- on that electrical power participate in.

Anthony Beauvillier would reward Sorokin for preserving them in the game when he took advantage of the Pens protection getting caught in the Isles’ conclusion, likely 1 on 1 with Jake Guentzel and having a Sidney Crosby slash, and scoring anyway to tie the recreation.

Next Period

At the time yet again, Sorokin was wanted big time. He manufactured very good saves on Crosby and Tanev, between other people, as Pittsburgh totally dominated this period.

The Isles did get a electricity enjoy, while, when Nick Leddy drew a hooking contact right after going up ice with the puck, but the PP only truly had a single superior opportunity – a set engage in the place JG Pageau was set up for a a single timer in the slot, which he whiffed on.

Bryan Rust took advantage of the momentum from the PK and following some Pens force, took a extensive selection a person timer that managed to conquer Sorokin to make it 2-1.

Andy Greene went to the box for substantial sticking, and the Isles killed that penalty, and even had a shorter handed opportunity out of it, but Pageau misplayed it and the Isles could not make Pittsburgh shell out for their mistake there.

Sorokin notably stopped shots from Mike Matheson and Kasperi Kapanen, ultimately turning absent 19 of 20 Pittsburgh shots, when the Islanders set up a measly four.

Third Interval

Jeff Carter tapped what could have been the dagger aim huge off a deflection, and that was the most effective likelihood for the Pens as the Islanders have been hanging on for about 9 minutes of Pens domination, before Jordan Eberle was able to rating on the Isles very 1st shot attempt of the period of time. He at first fumbled the puck, and that gave him the possibility to regather and beat Jarry to tie the match.

The Penguins would retain pushing, however, as Malkin and Zucker experienced a 2 on 1 that Leddy and Cizikas aided clean up, and Sorokin had to keep on his phenomenal performance to preserve this video game tied.

Tristan Jarry saved a further Wahlstrom shot, a sharp angle attempt right after a Mayfield shot deflected to him.

Then, Wahlstrom would slide to the ice just after Mike Matheson hit him into the boards and higher sticked him. Wahlstrom’s leg bent underneath him in a way that was reminiscent of Anders Lee’s injuries, and it looks unlikely we’ll see him for the relaxation of the postseason. A massive reduction for positive and with any luck , it is not as terrible as it looked.

By some means the Isles did not get a electricity perform out of that, but they did get a person immediately after Gaudreau went for tripping Nelson, but the Penguins killed that.

Isles had most of the photographs from that position on, but the Pens even now appeared more dangerous. The Islanders held on for extra time in a game they frankly experienced no organization remaining in.


Tanev shot broad and Sorokin had to make some far more saves (not a shock). Jarry created some excellent will save on Beauvillier and Barzal photographs, and Sorokin made an even better just one on a Gaudreau tip, managing to be in the right place so that the puck strike him alternatively than heading in.

The scariest second of OT apart from the Gaudreau idea was when the Isles were hemmed into their zone for an prolonged interval of time, but they ended up able to survive and in the end headed to double OT soon after a few extra chances were exchanged.


Josh Bailey didn’t make us hold out as well extensive – below a moment in, Anthony Beauvillier set strain on Jarry as he was dealing with the puck. Despite possessing two Penguins open on possibly aspect of the ice, he elected to toss it up the middle, wherever Josh Bailey, the longest tenured Islander and generally a strong playoff performer, was able to steal it and rating, successful the game and sending the Isles back again to the Coliseum to likely gain the series on Wednesday evening.

Rapid Thoughts

  • Sorokin place on an complete masterclass tonight. The Islanders would not have received this activity devoid of him, and this has been some of his best things all period.
  • Guy, Josh Bailey loves an OT target from the Penguins in the playoffs.
  • With Wahlstrom very likely out lengthy phrase, I’d place Michael Dal Colle back again in. He was good throughout the bubble playoffs and provides a large amount of forechecking and is very good at winning battles along the boards. He does not pack the scoring punch Wahlstrom does, but he’s tranquil and matches Pageau’s wing greater than Travis Zajac.

Up Following

Upcoming, the New York Islanders head back again to the Coliseum on Wednesday to with any luck , close out the collection from the Pittsburgh Penguins and earn their spot in the second round.

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