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Rapid Recap: Islanders Snap 2-Game Skid, Beat Blackhawks 3-0

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ELMONT, NY– After dropping their last two games, the New York Islanders beat down the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0.

Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov was brilliant, as he recorded his first shutout of the season, as he turned aside all 21 shots he faced.

The Islanders are now 16-10-0 on the season.

LINES:

Josh Bailey-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Simon Holmstrom
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cole Bardreau

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

Semyon Varlamov
Ilya Sorokin

SCORES

Matt Martin gave the New York Islanders a 1-0 lead at 8:58 of the second period as he slid the puck past the right pad of Chicago Blackhawks netminder Arvid Soderblom.

Play went on for roughly another two minutes before a whistle, in which the officials reviewed the play, deeming that the puck completely crossed the goal line. Casey Cizikas and Scott Mayfield were credited with the assists on Martin’s third of the season.

Zach Parise gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead at 14:31 of the second period as he deflected an Adam Pelech shot for his eighth goal of the season. Pelech and Ryan Pulock were credited with the assists.

Brock Nelson scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 15:14 of the second period off a strong one-time feed by Anthony Beauvillier. Beauvillier and Lee were credited with the assists on the 3-0 tally.

CARRYOVER FROM LAST MEETING

The last time the New York Islanders met the Chicago Blackhawks, back on Nov. 1, there was some drama.

In the first period, on Casey Cizikas‘s first shift, he collided with Blackhawks netminder Alex Stalock which led to a game misconduct and a fine. Stalock left the game with a concussion and is still out. Later in the period, Andreas Athanasiou ran into Ilya Sorokin.

NYI Hockey Now asked Islanders head coach Lane Lambert if he thought there would be any carry-over from what transpired. He said he wasn’t expecting any.

There was.

On Cizikas’s second shift of the contest, he dropped the gloves with Reese Johnson:

 CRASHING THE NET OFTEN

A major issue in the Islanders 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Friday night was the fact that the Islanders did not crash the net often enough through the first forty minutes of play.

Head coach Lane Lambert and the players believed that they should have won that game if they crashed the net more, as they put up a season-high 49 shots.

Against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Islanders. focused heavily on that, as they sent two players to the crease of Blackhawks netminder Arvid Soderblom. Two of their three goals came right in front of goal.

FASCHING MAKES ISLANDERS DEBUT

After seven goals and four assists in 18 games with the Bridgeport Islanders this season, forward Hudson Fasching made his New York Islanders debut on Sunday night.

In 13:04 minutes, Fasching notched two shots, two hits and a block, along with a few strong plays to set up his teammates.

Fasching had played 38 games (one goal, two assists) in the NHL, split between the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes.

Next up: The New York Islanders host the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at 7:30 PM ET.

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