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Oops, They Did it Again: Islanders Complete Comeback for 4-3 OT Win



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ELMONT, NY–The New York Islanders did not have much cooking through forty minutes, but a strong third period, led by Mathew Barzal, helped the Islanders erase a 3-1 deficit before ultimately defeating the Calgary Flames 4-3 in overtime. The Islanders are now 8-5-3.


Josh Bailey-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho-Scott Mayfield

Semyon Varlamov
Ilya Sorokin


Mikael Backland gave the Calgary Flames a 1-0 lead at 11:16 of the first period as he was left all alone in the low slot, and Jonathan Huberdeau found him. Huberdeau and Connor Mackey were credited with the assists on Backland’s fourth of the season.

Sebastian Aho tied the contest at one as Mat Barzal found him cutting in below the left circle. Aho then chipped the puck over the blocker of Calgary Flames netminder Jacob Markstrom for his first of the season. Barzal and Josh Bailey were credited with the assists at 12:26 of the first period.

The Flames retook the lead as Elias Lindholm deflected a Noah Hanifin point shot for his fourth of the season at 16:21 of the first period.

Backland scored his second of the game to give the Flames a 3-1 lead at 14:12 of the first as he sniped Sorokin blocker side from the slot after the Islanders turned the puck over. Nikita Zodorov was credited with the lone assist on Backland’s fifth of the season.

Anders Lee put the Islanders within two as he buried a rebound for his seventh of the season at 10:08 of the third period. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal were credited with the assists.

Kyle Palmieri tied the contest at three just 59 seconds later as he beat Markstrom from the left circle for his fourth of the season. The goal was unassisted.

Noah Dobson scored the game-winning goal in overtime as he let a missle go for his fourth of the season as the Islanders completed the comeback. Mathew Barzal and Jean-Gabriel Pageau were credited with the assists at 4:02 of the overtime period.

Slowness From Detroit Carried Over

The New York Islanders came out rather flat against the Calgary Flames, allowing them to not only control pace of play, but cycle in their zone and establish a strong net from presence early.

They were outshot 18-4 in the opening 20 and were fortunate to be trailing 2-1 entering the second. They were outshot 12-8 in the second period, allowing another goal off a defensive turnover.

The Islanders had one high-danger chance in the first period and just one in the second period.

But then came the third period.

Third Period Comeback

The New York Islanders entered the third period down 3-1 for the second time in as many home games. And for the second time in as many home games, they erased the deficit.

The Islanders had looked incredibly lost throughout most of the contest, but two goals in 59 seconds had them all knotted up.

First, it was Anders Lee cleaning up a rebound after Mathew Barzal made a strong play to pull up on the rush and feed Brock Nelson in the slot. Markstrom made the initial save, but Lee crashed the net hard, gained position, and tucked it home.

Then 59 seconds later, it was Kyle Palmieri from the left circle.

And the Noah Dobson let one rip to win the game.

Cal Clutterbuck Leaves Game After 1st

New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck had shoulder surgery last year and despite heading into training camp feeling healthy, missed the first game of the season due to soreness. He then did not practice following the contest against St. Louis, taking a maintenance day.

Cal Clutterbuck did not come out for the second period and missed the remainder of the contest.

He only played 3:32, recording one hit and one giveaway.

New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert shuffled up his lines, double-shifting Mat Barzal in his spot more often than not.

There was no update on Clutterbuck’s status following the game.

Up Next: The New York Islanders take on the New York Rangers Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is slated for 7 PM ET.


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