After a rocky performance against the Flames on Sunday, Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss was nearly perfect en route to New York’s victory over the Oilers. Rookie Josh Ho-Sang scored his first career goal, while Anders Lee scored the go-ahead goal plus an empty netter to help seal the deal.
Let’s watch some clips.
Even though the Oilers trailed 1-0 at the end of the first, the first period was easily Edmonton’s best of the game. Late in the first, Drake Caggiula took a high sticking penalty, and the Islanders cashed on the ensuing power play. Josh Ho-Sang plays pitch and catch with Thomas Hickey before wiring a laser past Cam Talbot. The goal comes in Ho-Sang’s fourth career game in the National Hockey League. The Edmonton Oilers can’t stop allowing power play goals. Islanders 1-0
Power play goals notwithstanding, the first period wasn’t too bad for the Oilers. The Oilers outshot the Islanders 12-8 at the end of one, and all wasn’t lost.
Zack Kassian got the Oilers on the board at three minutes had elapsed in the second period.
Zack Kassian starts this play behind Greiss. Kassian gets the puck to David Desharnais in the corner. Desharnais has a really wonderful pass to Drake Caggiula, who’s at the top of the faceoff circle. Caggiula gets it to Matthew Benning near the blue line. Benning sends a laser to the front, where it’s deflected behind Thomas Greiss. The goal is Kassian’s sixth goal of the year, and it looked like the Oilers might see some sunlight. Tie, 1-1.
Midway through the second period, Anders Lee would score his 24th goal of the year.
Josh Bailey could’ve driven an ‘86 Caprice to the net on this one. John Tavares gets this one to Josh Bailey, who launches a slap shot to Talbot. Oscar Klefbom can’t keep up with Anders Lee, and Lee stuffs it home for his 24th of the year. Islanders 2-1
The second period ends with the Islanders up 2-1. Edmonton was clinging to a 19-18 shot lead, but the Islanders kept it coming in the third.
With seven minutes having elapsed in the third, Andrew Ladd scored his eighteenth goal of the season to help put this one out of reach. Brock Nelson battles Darnell Nurse behind Talbot, and when Nelson slips by Nurse, he backhands it to Ladd, who is at top-left of the crease. Matthew Benning is a stride and a half away, and Talbot has no chance as Ladd pumps it home for his 18th goal of the year. Islanders 3-1
With the goaltender pulled, Anders Lee scores his second goal of the game, and the Islanders seal the deal 4-1.
- Not a whole lot. Oilers looked good to start the game, outshooting and out-chancing the Islanders. Griess looked a little wobbly to start, and I was hoping that he’d pick up where he left off when he got pulled against Calgary.
- Zack Kassian probably fits best on the fourth line, but there are those flashes of brilliance that you see about once every four or five games. His deflection that brought the game to 1-1 was textbook. Getting him to 15 goals on the year would be nice. If Maroon can do 20+, it’d be another nice surprise to see Kassian somewhere around half that.
- There was about 45 real good seconds of the power play late in the second. Cal Clutterbuck took a roughing penalty on Connor McDavid. It took half the power play to get going, but the Oilers came up with three shots in the next 45 seconds. It was really something.
SPECIAL TEAMS TROUBLE
- Oilers had ONE penalty they needed to kill the entire game. That wasn’t happening.
- Oilers had TWO chances on the power play. That wasn’t happening either
- Is that Calgary behind us? Aw man, the Ducks too?
- Love him (I don’t think anyone really loves Benoit Pouliot at this juncture) or hate him, it’s time for Benoit Pouliot to return to the lineup. There’s a couple of forwards who could take a seat after this game (One’s on line three, and the other’s on line four. I’ll let you guess who.) and give 67 a crack at the lineup.
- Bring me Anton Lander. There’s a spot on the fourth line for him, especially on a team that scored one goal against a mediocre Islanders club.
- IT DON’T COME EASY - Oilers will face the Penguins on Friday. They’re decent, from what I hear.