Islanders Tame Wild As Beauvillier & Tavares Shine

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It’s Anthony Beauvillier‘s world, we just live in it. The Islanders’ 19-year-old rookie had two assists, including one on the eventual game winner, and was +3, as the Islanders routed the Wild Sunday evening 6-3.

After a scoreless first period, the Wild would get on the board first early in the second. Just 1:15 in Zach Parise wristed one past Thomas Greiss to put the Wild up 1-0.

The lead didn’t last long. 3:08 to be exact. John Tavares came alive with his second goal of the year. The captain took a beautiful pass from Josh Bailey, who is having an excellent first two weeks of the season, and ripped it past Darcy Kuemper to tie the game at one.

The Islanders struck again just 34 seconds later. Before the tying goal could even be announced, Calvin de Haan tallied his first of the season as he wristed one past Kuemper off a nice feed from Anthony Beauvillier and Ryan Stome, to give the Isles the 2-1 lead.

But, the Isles were not done. Johnny Boychuk used his huge cannon of a shot and blasted it home to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead.

All was going swimmingly until just under five minutes later when Zach Parise was credited for a strange goal. The puck somehow slid between Thomas Greiss and the post, rolled on edge and barely crossed the goal line to cut the Islanders lead to two.

But, the third period was all New York. The Islanders tallied three times, including the beauty of a game winner from Alan Quine, assisted by Beauvillier again. Beauvillier blocked the shot, calmly took the puck up ice, and fed Quine who put home the eventual game winner. That gave the Islanders the 4-2 lead. This one has to be seen to fully enjoy the way this kid is playing. He had two points tonight, and five in five games. He’s making it very difficult for the Isles to send him back to Juniors. He looks ready to us.

Thomas Hickey took a nifty pass from Tavares and wrinkled the twine for his first of the year, giving the Islanders a 5-2 lead late in the third.

After Nino Niederreiter tallied after the Isles had just killed off yet another power play, the Captain finished off the scoring with an empty netter; his second of the game. The Islanders take this one 6-3.


  • The Islanders won the face-off match-ups tonight, taking 52% of the draws to the Wild’s 48%
  • The Isles killed off three more penalties tonight, keeping them above 95% for the season.
  • On the flip side, they looked better on the power play, but failed on their lone opportunity.
  • Greiss stopped 26 of 29 for his first win of the season.
  • The Islanders had 33 shots on goal, with Kuemper stopping 27 of 32 (EN).
  • The Isles have a couple of days off before Montreal comes to town on Wednesday.
  • John Tavares finished with two goals and an assist.
  • Andrew Ladd tallied his first point as an Islander on the ENG.

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