Islanders Defeat Jets in Overtime 4-3

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While it was another mediocre performance, the New York Islanders exited the MTS Centre with two points, defeating the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in overtime. The victory capped off their West Coast road trip with eight out of a possible 10 points.

The Jets got the scoring started by Mark Scheifele on a Winnipeg power play. After Johnny Boychuk was called for a roughing minor, the Jets were able to move the puck to the point where Thomas Greiss was helpless, giving Winnipeg the 1-0 advantage. The Islanders were able to apply pressure towards the end of the period, but strong play from Michael Hutchinson allowed the Jets to head to the dressing room up a goal.

New York went to the power play early in the second period and just like the rest of their attempts throughout the contest, their play was lackadaisical on each man-advantage.

A play in the corner started by Islanders’ defenseman Travis Hamonic created a scoring opportunity for Calvin de Haan, who tied the game on a shot that Hutchinson would want back.

The third period got off to a slow start, but a goal 8:32 into the frame netted Shane Prince‘s first tally in blue and orange, giving the Islanders a 2-1 lead. With a third period lead, the Islanders looked to be in good shape to close out their trip. Just 1:24 following Prince’s goal, the Jets erased the deficit when Tyler Myers scored through traffic, bringing the game to a 2-2 tie.

Jack Capuano‘s 200th win looked as if it’d have to come another day, when Scheifele netted his second of the game to give Winnipeg a late 3-2 lead. With the net empty and extra skater on, Nick Leddy stepped up big time. The smooth-skating defenseman fired a shot and Anders Lee was able to redirect it past the Jets’ goalie to tie the game with less than one minute remaining.

The overtime winner came from an even stranger series of events. A Frans Nielsen entry and shot towards the net caught Nikolaj Ehlers up high, connecting with his face, only for the puck to drop in front of him, and Kyle Okposo to find the back of the net. Fortunately, Ehlers seemed to skate off the ice under his own power, but a strange twist to an odd game.

Next up, the Islanders head to Madison Square Garden to cap off their road trip and fight for playoff positioning.

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