- 12:56 LAK Oscar Fantenberg; Assists: Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli
- 17:11 LAK Tyler Toffoli (Power Play); Assists: Drew Doughty, Darcy Kuemper
- 19:10 NYI Josh Bailey; Assists: Calvin de Haan, John Tavares
- 4:15 NYI John Tavares (Power Play); Assists: Anders Lee, Josh Bailey
- 16:44 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Ryan Pulock, John Tavares
- 19:47 LAK Anze Kopitar; Assists: Dustin Brown, Alec Martinez
- 1:54 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Mathew Barzal
Now those were two points the Islanders desperately needed, and frankly, I think they earned them twice.
The whole reason the Isles were in position to win the game in regulation was a beautiful goal by Anders Lee, set up by Ryan Pulock. Pulock fed Lee down low, who was calling for the puck, pulled it to his backhand, and roofed it over Darcy Kuemper. Excellent positioning work by Lee down low, and good vision by Pulock in identifying the opportunity.
The game tying goal by LA with 13 seconds left was ridiculous, if only because I have no idea what constitutes goaltender interference anymore. The NHL is as clear on this issue is as the NFL is on what's a catch. If that's a good goal, then there is no way that Lee's no-goal a week ago should have been disallowed. Get this straightened out, guys.
Thankfully, everything ended the way it should have in the first place when Mat Barzal, who had a tough game until overtime, dished a beautiful pass to Jordan Eberle on a two-on-one to finish off the game winner and send home the Islanders faithful happy. This could be a nice momentum-building win, and the Isles need it. The Matropolitan division just keeps on trucking along, and the Islanders need to keep pace. Let's hope they can build on this.
What's next: The Islanders will play game two of their five-game homestand on Tuesday (December 19) against the Red Wings.