While Josh Bailey was credited with the game-winning overtime goal in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, he was quick to credit Islanders forward John Tavares for setting up the goal with impressive puck handling along the boards.
But seriously... WHAT A MOVE by John Tavares! 👀 pic.twitter.com/ctTh8PhPhY- New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 23, 2017
"That's all him," Bailey said, according to Newsday's Laura Albanese, of Tavares' play along the boards. "He's earned that respect where you don't really need to go in and help him out. You just kind of sit back and wait for your opening and you know he's going to find it, just like he did."
Tavares guarded the puck against the Flyers' Sean Couturier down the right end boards in overtime, maintaining control despite falling to the ground once and changing direction thrice as Couturier defended.
When Tavares finally freed himself from Couturier with a one-handed move to jar the puck loose and backhand it to his left, he passed it to Bailey in front of the net. Bailey's initial shot was stopped by Flyers goalie Brian Elliott, but he secured the rebound and flicked it into the net for the win.
"We played well and made a lot of great plays," Bailey, who has five goals and 21 assists this season as he leads the team with 26 points, said, according to the Associated Press. "It's nice to get the recognition."