WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK
The New York Islanders defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2, at the Nassau Coliseum. With the win, the Islanders improve to 3-2-2 on the season.
New York was led by their captain, John Tavares, who scored the game winning goal with 1:07 left in the second period. Tavares also had an assist in the victory.
Tavares saw the lines hard work pay off in the game winner.
He stated, “Good work by our line to keep some pucks in. I was able to win a wall battle, had a step to the net and tried to hit the hole. I think the pass was for Graby (Grabner) from Kyle (Okposo) , but I’ll take it and was able to a lot on it and put it in.”
Tavares liked the way his team played in the victory.
He said, “We stuck with it. That’s kind of the way we were playing last year. No matter what was going, we seemed to play each and every shift. We went at them in the third period and didn’t wait for them to come at us. I like the way we played tonight.”
The Islanders would strike first when Josh Baily, who was assisted by Travis Harmonic and Pierre- Marc Bouchard, beat Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk at 9:59 of the first period.
Edmonton answered back with two quick goals from Taylor Hall.
The first, Hall, who was assisted by Justin Schultz and Marc Arcobello, beat Nabokov on a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play at 15:52 of the first period.
Then eight seconds later, Hall, who broke the Oiler’s team record for the two fastest goals scored, put the rebound from the Arcobello past Nabokov to make it 2-1 Oilers.
New York would even the score in the second period. Okposo, who was assisted by Matt Moulson and Tavares, ripped a one –timer past Dubnyk at 4:54.
Okposo, who had a goal and an assist, recalled his goal after the game.
He said, “Well it was tic-tac-toe, we noticed some of their tendencies and I thought we did a good utilizing it.” Nabokov, who improved to 3-1-2 in the victory, stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced.