The New York Islanders scored five unanswered goals in the second and third periods to beat the upstart Vegas Golden Knights 6-3 on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more
- 9:31 LV William Karlsson (short handed); Assist: Cody Eakin
- 13:50 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk
- 15:46 LV Alex Tuch (power play); Assists: Colin Miller, Brad Hunt
- 14:50 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Leddy, Josh Bailey
- 17:44 NYI Mathew Barzal (power play); Assists: Anders Lee, Bailey
- 4:44 NYI Cal Clutterbuck; Assists: Dennis Seidenberg, Nikolay Kulemin
- 8:26 NYI Kulemin; Assist: Seidenberg
- 12:38 NYI Tavares; Assists: Bailey, Lee
- 14:41 LV Miller (power play); Assists: Hunt, Tuch
The Islanders took over the game in the second period, even when they trailed early on, after a spotty opening frame. Eventually, they were rewarded for the effort, as Tavares scored his 10th goal of the season (he'd score his 11th in the third period) to tie it, and Barzal notched a power play tally to give the Isles a lead they'd never relinquish.
Speaking of Tavares, he's the first Islander to reach double digit goals in October since Mark Parrish did back in 2001 (h/t to Eric Hornick). That season, the franchise's resurgence made for a magical autumn, and Parrish was on a prolific scoring streak to open the campaign. It's fun to see Tavares evoke some of those old emotions with his white hot start.
Their defensive effort was really strong. Everyone was not only staying on their assignments and limited Vegas' time in the offensive zone, but they also jumped up in the play and helped out the forwards when need be. Ryan Pulock made a few sound plays in his own zone, which every Islanders fan is dying to see.
Overall, a very impressive effort from the Isles this evening, as they improved to 4-0-1 on home ice. This is the kind of start the Isles needed, and with a big divisional game coming up Thursday in Washington, it would beholden New York to keep on rolling.
The Islanders face the Washington Capitals on the road Thursday at 7 p.m.