NEW YORK — Kyle Palmieri scored the go-ahead aim early within the third interval to elevate the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night time.
Mathew Barzal had a aim and an help, and Sebastian Aho, Oliver Wahlstrom and Ryan Pulock additionally scored as New York improved to 7-1 in its final eight dwelling video games relationship again to a 6-0 win in opposition to the Blue Jackets on March 10.
Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves in his second consecutive begin and third straight look with Ilya Sorokin sidelined with an upper-body harm.
“After we keep on with our recreation, we could be very efficient in opposition to anybody,” Pulock stated. “I believed we did a very good job of responding within the third and simply performed our recreation.”
Emil Bemstrom and Justin Danforth scored for Columbus, which misplaced its fifth straight. Elvis Merzlikins made 31 saves.
Palmieri broke a 2-2 tie at 3:16 of the third interval together with his twelfth aim of the season. The 31-year-old winger breezed by Blue Jackets ahead Patrik Laine and roofed a wrist shot to offer New York a one-goal benefit. Merlikins was unable to shut off the quick facet and Palmieri took benefit of the opening.
Pulock added an empty-net aim within the closing minute.
“They need you to show the puck over and a few occasions we had been doing that,” Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Peeke stated. “That results in lengthy shifts, that results in possession time for them, sort of screws up the rhythm of the sport.”
The Blue Jackets erased a two-goal deficit in a span of 1:39 halfway by way of the second interval. The Islanders left Bemstrom on their lonesome on the prime of the crease and he completed a cross from Eric Robinson at 8:47. Jake Bean additionally assisted on the play.
Danforth tied it at 2 together with his fifth aim of the season. Yegor Chinakov skated into the offensive zone and located Vladislav Gavrikov within the slot after Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara prevented the ahead from getting behind him. Varlamov stopped the preliminary shot from Gavrikov, however was unable to carry onto the rebound and Danforth was capable of capitalize.
“There is not any stop within the group, there hasn’t been all 12 months,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz stated. “There’s been at occasions possibly some frustration, however there’s by no means been any stop the place they, , they throw up their arms and simply stroll away. There’s none of that in any respect.”
The Islanders took a 2-0 lead with two targets in 11 seconds halfway by way of the primary interval.
Aho opened the scoring when he stopped quick and wired a wrist shot over the glove of Merzlikins at 8:39. Brock Nelson prolonged his level streak to 6 video games with an help on the play.
Wahlstrom prolonged the Islanders result in 2-0 after he buried a feed from Zach Parise at 8:50. Barzal began the sequence with a floating backhand that Parise was capable of corral within the offensive zone.
New York outshot Columbus 10-0 within the first half of the opening body.
“I believe we knew we did not come out with any hearth they usually got here out flying,” Danforth stated. “We simply did not have it early, I believed we fought again. We’re a staff that battles laborious and can battle adversity. Tonight we did not have sufficient to get again within the recreation.”
90 YEARS YOUNG
The Islanders honored hockey historian and veteran journalist Stan Fischler on the recreation to rejoice his ninetieth birthday. “The Hockey Maven” has been a hockey tv persona within the northeast because the early Seventies and has authored over 100 books. He started his profession with the New York Rangers within the Nineteen Fifties, working within the staff’s public relations division.
COVID IN COLUMBUS
Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen and assistant coach Steve McCarthy had been positioned within the COVID-19 protocols and every missed their second straight recreation. Affiliate coach Pascal Vincent led the staff behind the bench. … D Zach Weresnki missed his second straight recreation after he sustained successful to the pinnacle late within the late first interval of Saturday night time’s 3-2 time beyond regulation loss in opposition to Minnesota.
The Islanders closed out a busy March schedule with a 10-6-1 file. The 17 video games New York performed in March are essentially the most the franchise has performed in a single month in franchise historical past.
9 of the ultimate 16 video games remaining within the Islanders’ common season are in opposition to division opponents. The Islanders are 8-2-1 in opposition to Metropolitan groups since getting back from the vacation break.
Blue Jackets: Go to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night time.
Islanders: Go to the New York Rangers on Friday night time.