ST. LOUIS–The New York Islanders notched their fifth straight victory as they defeated the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-2. Brock Nelson scored his fifth in four games, while Anders Lee notched a Gordie Howe hat trick in the second period.
The Islanders are now 7-4-0.
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
Vladimir Tarasenko gaves the St. Louis Blues a 1-0 lead at 8:17 of the first period as he took advantage of a friendly carum for his fourth of the season. Torey Krug and Justin Faulk were credited with the assists.
Kyle Palmieri got the score evened up at one, as he finished off a strong Noah Dobson pass at the back post for his third of the season 14 seconds into the second period.
Brock Nelson gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead as he scored on the power play after a strong play by Dobson at the blue line followed by a quick pass from Anders Lee.
Josh Bailey gave the Islanders a 3-1 lead as he tapped a puck off of former Islanders Nick Leddy and in for his fourth of the season at 7:05 of the second period. Anders Lee and Mat Barzal were credited with the assists.
Lee made it 4-1 Islanders as he finished off a strong play by Nelson for his sixth of the season at 10:18 of the second period. Nelson and Beauvillier were credited with the assists.
Robert Thomas made it a 4-2 game as his power-play goal at 8:40 of the second period deflected off Scott Mayfield and in for his second of the season. Ivan Barbashev and Tarasenko were credited with the assists.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored on the empty-net to make it a 5-2 win at 18:28 of the third.
GORDIE HOWE HAT TRICK FOR LEE
New York Islanders captain Anders Lee had himself a period.
First he notched the primary assist on Brock Nelson’s go-ahead goal at 5:06 of the period. Then he fights Niko Mikkola, which he wins at 12:45.
Anders Lee records a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in the second period (goal, assist, fight.) pic.twitter.com/g3BUxWJXgr
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Then at 10:18 of the period, he scores his sixth of the season to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick.
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NELSON AND BEAUVILLIER REACH MILESTONES
For Brock Nelson, his go-ahead goal a bit over five minutes into the second was his fifth goal in the last four games. It was a slow October for the Islanders 2021-22, with just three goals in October.
He has two goals in two games in November.
After the goal, his first point of the game, he notched the primary assist on Lee’s goal which gave him his 400th NHL point.
On that Lee goal, Anthony Beauvillier also hit a milestone as he recorded his 100th career NHL assist.
ILYA SOROKIN STEALS SHOW IN FIRST, STRONG SHOWING
New York Islanders netminder Ilya Sorokin won his fourth straight contest as he denied 32 of 34 in the win.
But it was his play in the first period that allowed for his team to wake up and take control. He stopped nine of 10, three being considered high-danger.
There’s just no words anymore for his saves.
Check out this story here about Sorokin’s first period:
Up Next: The New York Islanders are in Detroit to take on the Red Wings Saturday, Nov. 5 at Little Ceasars Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 1 PM ET.