For New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey, Friday was a monumental day for him and his career. When the puck dropped in Carolina, Bailey had reached the 1,000-game milestone. He became just the third player in franchise history to play 1,000 games for the organization.
Just that accomplishment would have made Friday a night to remember.
But Josh Bailey said before the game that it would be sweeter if the New York Islanders could get a win on a memorable night.
Well, in the second period, with the score knotted at two apiece, Bailey helped the cause as he scored his second of the season.
It was a remarkable display of skill, as Mathew Barzal found him cutting to the slot, and Bailey made a few moves before roofing the puck on the backhand on Hurricanes netminder Frederik Andersen.
A beauty. FROM BAILEY.
Some may call it… A BAILEY BEAUTY. pic.twitter.com/25Wypw5qWO
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 29, 2022
On this replay below, you can see the emotion from Josh Bailey, a player that never shows emotion. He’s usually cool, calm, and collected, but it’s okay to let your emotions show every once in a while, especially after a highlight-reel goal.
— Isles on MSGSN (@IslesMSGN) October 29, 2022
Despite being on the road, the Josh Bailey song was chanted by the New York Islanders faithful.
“It started with Romanov in the neutral zone. He steps up, keeps us alive. And then Barzal. I think when he gets the puck you’re just trying to find open ice, and he curled up and, just, the timing worked out well,” Josh Bailey said. “I was able to put a move on him and put in the back of the net.”
“It certainly felt good.”
This was the second goal for the New York Islanders top line and the second goal where Mathew Barzal set the play up. In the first period, Barzal fed Oliver Wahlstrom on a 2-on-1 to get the Islanders on the board in the first period.
On Bailey’s goal, Alexander Romanov collected the secondary assist, his first point as a New York Islander.