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WATCH: Josh Bailey Dekes Out Jonsson-Fjallby, Vanecek For Electric Goal



Josh Bailey, New York Islanders

The New York Islanders faithful has not had a whole lot to cheer about this season, a season that comes to a close Friday night. But on Thursday, the Islanders impressed as they defeated the Washington Capitals 5-1, their second straight win over their Metropolitan Division foe.

The most electric goal of the night for the Islanders came off the stick of Josh Bailey to make it a 5-0 contest with 6:23 to play in the third period.

After a strong forecheck by Islanders forward Mathew Barzal, Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen coughed up the puck in the low slot. Barzal was able to beat Jensen to the puck which had slid into the left circle, and quickly fed Josh Bailey who had crept into the high slot.

Upon receiving the pass, Bailey was aware that he had a forward defending him in Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and quickly made a toe-drag move to get around the 24-year-old forward.

After that move, it was just Bailey, Capitals netminder Vitek Vanecek, and Kieffer Bellows who had his stick down towards the back left post as a passing option. But Bailey was feeling it, and instead of making the pass, deked forehand then did his best Frans Nielsen impression as he went to the backhand before roofing the puck for his 13th of the season.

Following the goal, you can see Bailey tap his Clark Gillies and Mike Bossy patches.

That goal was Josh Bailey’s second point of the night, as he also recorded the primary assist on Kyle Palmieri’s 200th career goal earlier in the middle frame, to make it a 4-0 game at the time.

That highlight-reel goal was not the first time this season that Josh Bailey has shown off the mitts.

On Mar. 15, against these same Washington Capitals, Josh Bailey deked around elite defenseman John Carlson before finding Kyle Palmieri towards the back post for a tap-in.

Josh Bailey enters the final game of the season on a three-game point streak with one goal and three assists and has points in four of his last five contests.