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Rapid Recap: Parise Wins it in Overtime as Islanders Come Back, Win 4-3



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New York Islanders celebrating Zach Parise's overtime goal (Photo courtesy of New York Islanders Twitter)

ELMONT, NY– On Hockey Fights Cancer Night at UBS Arena, Zach Parise scored the overtime winner as the New York Islanders beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. This was the third time in four games that the Islanders have had to come back and win.

The Islanders are now 10-6-0.


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

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

Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov


Cole Sillinger gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead on the power play at 3:09 of the second period as he buried a rebound past the ride pad of New York Islanders netminder Ilya Sorokin. Yegor Chinakov and Jake Bean were credited with the assists on Sillinger’s first of the season.

Brock Nelson tied the contest at one as he finished off a strong pass from Scott Mayfield at 10:15 of the second period for his seventh of the season. Mayfield and Sebastian Aho were credited with the assists.

The Blue Jackets retook the lead at 10:15 of the second period as Emil Bemstrom scored his first of the season on a semi-breakaway. Gustav Nyqvist and Bean were credited with the assist.

Nelson scored his second of the game with under 45 seconds to play in the second as after Sebastian Aho threw the puck to the front of the net, Nelson picked up the loose puck towards the right circle and rifled it into the open cage for his eighth of the season. Anders Lee and Aho were credited with the assists.

Marcus Bjork scored his first career NHL goal in his first NHL game as he rifled a slapshot past Sorokin at 9:38 of the third period to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead. Bemstrom and Nyqvist were credited with the assists.

Scott Mayfield tied the contest at three with 12:51 to go in the third as he roofed a backhand from the slot for his fourth of the season. Mathew Barzal and Oliver Wahlstrom were credited with the assists.

Zach Parise scored the overtime winner as he finished off a pass from Jean-Gabriel Pageau 39 seconds into the overtime frame for his fifth of the season.


For New York Islanders forward Zach Parise, Hockey Fights Cancer Night will always hold a special place in his heart. His father, and former New York Islanders forward J.P. Parise passed away from lung cancer back in 2015.

And on this special night, Zach Parise sent the UBS crowd into a frenzy as he scored the overtime winner as the Islanders came back again.

“My mind starts to wander a little bit on these nights when you see those three kids drop the puck before the game…it’s an emotional time. For me personally, it’s the illusion of losing my dad to that. It can be a pretty sad day,” Zach Parise said following the game.
“The goal is scored, I think, because of will, his work ethic,” Lane Lambert said. “He’s getting held. He draws a penalty, but he still finds enough to break through that, and become a pass option, and it was a great play by him.”


The New York Islanders looked a bit lost in the second period, but Brock Nelson wasn’t, as he netted two goals in the period. The first came off a tremendous pass by Scott Mayfield to tie the game at one.

Nelson’s second came off another strong play by a defenseman, as Sebastian Aho flung the puck at the net with under a minute to play in the second period. The puck bounced off the traffic in front (Anders Lee) and went right to Brock Nelson, who scored on the vacant net with Joonas Korpisalo out of position.

Brock Nelson, through two periods had 10 shots on goal, finishing with that number. Seven of the 10 came in the second period


New York Islanders defenseman Sebastian Aho has looked much stronger this season compared to year’s prior. He is turning the puck over less than ever before and is making plays on a nightly basis in the offensive zone.

On Saturday night, Sebastian Aho recorded two secondary assists. One was a quick pass to Mayfield, which allowed him to find Nelson for a tap-in.

The second secondary assist came after Nelson dropped the puck to Aho inside the Blue Jackets zone. Using his strong skating ability, Aho skated behind Korpisalo and eventually got a shot on goal, which led to Nelson’s second.

Saturday night was the second time Sebastian Aho has notched two points in a game. The first time he did that came back in 2018, his rookie season, when he scored a goal and an assist against the New Jersey Devils.


Last season was one of the worst years in New York Islanders’ history. Forget about how the team played, the Islanders lost three tremendous players to cancer, in Clark Gillies (1954-2022), Jean Potvin (1949-2022), and Mike Bossy (1977-2022).

All three players left tremendous imprints on the New York Islanders organization and the fan base as they played critical roles in the New York Islanders’ four straight Stanley Cup Championships from 1979 to 1982.

The Islanders honored them Saturday night.

On Hockey Fights Cancer Night, We Remember Gillies, Potvin, & Bossy

Up Next: The New York Islanders are in Ottawa Monday night at Canadian Tire Center. Puck drop is slated for 5:30 PM ET.