On Tuesday October 22nd, the New York Islanders battled against the Vancouver Canucks on home ice in Nassau Coliseum. After losing to the Carolina Hurricanes, which could have put the Islanders in second place in the division, they looked to close the gap between the Canes and themselves by beating the Canucks.
At 02:26, Brock Nelson would score his first goal in the NHL and of the night from an attempted wrap around by Peter Regin. Regin would get denied by the netminder, but Nelson would capitalize off the rebound, beating Roberto Luongo on his glove side.
Not but two minutes later would the Islanders score again. John Tavares would pass the puck from up top, down to Frans Nielsen at the left post. Nielsen would immediately feed the puck across the crease to Matt Moulson who would bury the puck, causing Luongo to get beat on his glove side for a second time. The Canucks would score two goals before the period concluded, tying the game at 2-2.
Going into the 2nd period, Moulson would capitalize on Luongo's glove side weakness. After receiving a pass at the right circle from Kyle Okposo, Moulson would rip a wrist shot past Luongo giving the Islanders the 3-2 lead.
The Islanders would lose their edge towards the second half of the period, however. The Canucks would not only tie the game, but would also take their first lead of the night going into the 3rd period.
The Canucks would keep the Islanders on their heels for most of the 3rd period. With a little over a minute left in the game, Evgeni Nabokov would leave the ice to give the Islanders the sixth man advantage. Andrew MacDonald would rip a hesitated wrist shot from the top of the ice and Nielsen would find himself with the rebound, sending it to the back of the net.
With the teams at 4-4, the 3rd period would end and the Islanders would go on to lose in their fourth overtime appearance of the season. The Islanders travel to Pittsburgh, PA on Friday October 25th, to face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since the first round of the playoffs last season. The puck will drop at 7:00 p.m. EST.