12:30 CAR Joakim Nordstrom; Assists: Lee Stempniak, Lucas Wallmark
0:40 CAR Elias Lindholm
18:55 NYI Joshua Ho-Sang; Assists: Nikolay Kulemin
19:20 NYI Jason Chimera; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin de Haan
0:34 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang, Nick Leddy
John Tavares scored 34 seconds into overtime, and the New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Joshua Ho-Sang and Jason Chimera scored in the final 65 seconds of the second period to help the Islanders erase a 2-0 deficit and eventually claim what interim coach Doug Weight called a must-win game.
Tavares' winner was set up by Ho-Sang's takeaway at center ice. Ho-Sang brought the puck across the blue line and fed a drop pass to Tavares, who snapped it past Cam Ward.
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What a massive win. All seemed completely lost when the Isles were down 2-0, but that's before the Josh Ho-Sang show kicked off. Ho-Sang buried a loose puck to bring the Isles within one, got the bench fired up, and just 25 seconds later, Jason Chimera evened the score headed into the final period of regulation.
That wasn't all for Ho-Sang, who set up John Tavares on the game winner. Tavares absolutely rifled the puck home to get the Isles the extra point and then much-needed tally in the ROW column, but it wouldn't have happened without Ho-Sang setting the stage. Folks, this kid could be really special. He was dynamic with the puck all night, and this far, has a knack of chipping in when it matters most. We may be seeing the start of something big.
Obviously, this one is big in a game the Isles absolutely needed. They have a lot of work ahead of them, and even with Toronto's loss tonight, the Maple Leafs will still have a game in hand. But for New York, it looks like they've once again rescued their season from the jaws of extinction. What a rollercoaster this season has been.
Next Game: The Islanders welcome the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday to Barclays Center at 7 p.m. ET