When it comes to stepping up in a big moment, Josh Bailey has found a knack for doing so in Game 1s of a series.
Bailey found himself in the right spot with 13:08 left in the game and the New York Islanders tied at two with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Brock Nelson was able to pick the puck off Holtby’s stick and Bailey was left all alone in the in front for the goal.
Similarly, the Islanders’ longest-tenured player was in the right spot at the right time last year in Game 1 of the team’s opening-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored the putback goal to win the game in overtime.
The postseason success has been a turning point for Bailey’s perception among the Islanders fanbase. Bailey has been one of the most divisive figures among the fans since he was drafted ninth overall in 2008.