The Islanders scored three goals in the first period and held on to beat the Blues, 5-2, on Saturday night at the Scottrade Center. >> Box score
- 3:21 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Anders Lee
- 10:07 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Nick Leddy
- 13:18 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Andrew Ladd
- 3:35 NYI Joshua Ho-Sang; Assists: Alan Quine
- 11:31 STL Brayden Schenn; Assists: Jaden Schwartz, Vince Dunn
- 6:41 STL Scottie Upshall; Assists: Robert Bortuzzo, Kyle Brodziak
- 15:33 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Adam Pelech, Calvin de Haan
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
The Islanders follow up, arguably, their worst game and loss of the season last night to the Dallas Stars, 5-0, with a strong road performance and vindication against the second best team in the National Hockey League, as they defeat the St. Louis Blues behind a strong first period, 5-2.
New York has not been known as a first period squad this year, but came out firing after head coach Doug Weight 'gave them the business' following last night's loss. John Tavares off a brilliant individual effort, Casey Cizikas off Nick Leddy's superb smarts and Jordan Eberle on a two-on-one gave the Islanders a lead they would not relinquish.
For the remainder of the night, it was all about Thomas Greiss, who made several spectacular saves on a night when he finished 35 of 37, only allowing a perfect shot by Brayden Schenn and a goal mouth scramble effort by Scottie Upshall. The Islanders absorbed pressure for the final 40 minutes and held strong, despite being outshot 37-29 and out-attempted 69-49.
Anders Lee added his ninth on a perfect deflection late in the third to produce the final score on a day where Josh Ho-Sang tallied his first of the year and Weight announced that Anthony Beauvillier did not suffer any broken bones in his foot despite blocking two consecutive shots last night in the same area.
The Islanders will return to action on Thursday at 7 p.m. at home against the Hurricanes