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Beauvillier Gets Revenge, Lambert Pissed as Canucks Beat Islanders 6-5



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ELMONT, NY — The New York Islanders were out of sync early as their four-game win streak was snapped following a 6-5 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Anthony Beauvillier got the last laugh scoring the game-winning goal.

The Islanders are now 27-23-5 on the season, missing out on a critical chance to find themselves in the first wild-card spot.


Josh Bailey-Bo Horvat-Mathew Barzal
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Kyle Palmieri
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Simon Holmstrom
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Hudson Fasching

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Samuel Bolduc-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson

Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov


Kyle Palmieri gave the New York Islanders a 1-0 lead as he sniped Vancouver Canucks netminder Collin Delia glove side for his eighth of the season at 11:05 of the first period. Josh Bailey and Adam Pelech were credited with the assists.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson got the Canucks even as his point shot beat Islanders netminder Ilya Sorokin for his second of the season. The goal was unassisted at 11:44 of the first.

Just 46 seconds later, Brock Boeser gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead as his one-time beat Sorokin through a screen for his 10th of the season. J.T. Miller and Riley Stillman were credited with the assists at 12:30 of the first.

Brock Nelson tied the contest at two as he beat Delia low glove side on an odd-man rush for his 20th of the season at 14:34 of the first period.

The Islanders took a 4-2 lead at 15:13 of the second period as Bo Horvat finished off a Barzal pass for his 33rd of the season. Ryan Pulock was credited with the secondary assist.

Nils Aman made it 4-2 at 16:04 of the second as he buried a rebound for his second goal of the season. Philip Di Guiseppe and Dakota Joshua were credited with the assists.

Pettersson scored his second on a goal Sorokin wants back at 4:38 of the third period to give the Canucks a 5-4 lead. Boeser and Ethan Bear were credited with the assists.

Anthony Beauvillier deflected home the eventual game-winning goal, giving the Canucks a 6-4 lead at 16:58 of the third period. Boeser and Quinn Hughes were credited with the assists.

Noah Dobson scored with the extra attacker to make it 6-5 Vancouver with 59 seconds to play in the third. Barzal and Horvat were credited with the assists.

Islanders ‘Disconnected’

The New York Islanders didn’t have it from the start as they were ‘disconnected’ as Kyle Palmieri put it. They did have a 4-2 lead in the second period, but as Brock Nelson pointed out, they were rather fortunate to be in that position.

“When you’re up 4-2 in a hockey game late in the second period, and you don’t win the hockey game, you feel like you’ve let something slip away,” a furious Lane Lambert said following the loss.

They ended the game with 23 giveaways, and Lambert thought that was unacceptable.

“I saw a lot of mistakes being made, a lot of individual turnovers,” Lambert said. “Twenty-three giveaways… you’re not gonna win a hockey game doing that.”

The Islanders had an opportunity to not only extend their winning streak to five games but finish the night in the top wild-card spot in the East. Instead it’s a blown lead, a loss to a weak team in a game where two points should have been the outcome.

“It’s unacceptable at this point,” Lambert said.

Brock Stays Hot

New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson has notoriously been a streaky player. Last season, the streak lasted the whole season, and this year has been one of hot and cold streaks.

Right now, for the Islanders, he’s hot as he took an eight-game point streak into the game against the Canucks.

He left with a nine-game point streak, as he tied the contest at two in the first period after he beat netmidner Delia low glove on an odd-man rush.

Over the course of the nine-game point streak, Nelson has five goals and five assists.

With that goal, Nelson has eclipsed the 20-goal mark for the seventh time in his 10-year career.

Horvat Scores Against Former Team

Bo Horvat was riding high following his Tuesday night success, scoring in his first game at home in front of the New York Islanders faithful. But the pressure was still on as his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, were in town Thursday night.

After having a power-play goal waved off earlier in the middle frame, Horvat rifled a one-timer home for his second goal in as many games after a strong feed from Mat Barzal.

With that goal, Horvat has now scored against all 32 NHL franchises.

Barzal Continues To Dominate Hometown Team

Mathew Barzal entered Thursday with two goals and 10 assists in nine games against his hometown team.

He stayed hot against the Canucks as he added a goal and an assist to that ledger.

Barzal ripped a one-timer on the power play and also set Horvat up for his second goal in as many games for his new team.

He also added an assist on Dobson’s late goal.

To sum things up, Barzal has three goals and 12 assists in nine games against the Canucks.

Next Up: The New York Islanders are in Montreal to face the Canadiens Saturday afternoon night at the Bell Centre. Puck drop is slated for 12:30 PM ET. 


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