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New York Islanders: Ross Johnston nets first NHL goal in Vegas (Video)

Ross Johnston slid his first-career NHL goal through Marc-Andre Fleury’s five-hole to put the Islanders ahead in Sin City.

With a scoreless contest heading into the halfway point of the second period, a clutch rush by the New York Islanders fourth line put the Islanders ahead in their first-ever road game in Las Vegas.

Ryan Pulock dished a pass over to Ross Johnston, who backhanded it in front of the net to a patient Cal Clutterbuck, and at first glance, he appeared to have tapped home the loose change for the Islanders first goal and the game’s icebreaker.

However, a closer look shows  Ross Johnston putting the puck off of the Vegas defenseman, which ricocheted through Marc-Andre Fleury and into the net.

Johnston’s first-career goal comes just in the nick of time for the Islanders, who took the lead against a high-power Vegas offense.

Johnston now has two points in his three games up in the NHL this season and has been breathing new life into the Islanders fourth line since his recall.

Since Nikolay Kulemin went down in November on a hit from Eric Gryba, the fourth line struggled to find a new identity, and for the first time since there seems to be new energy bleeding into the Isles bottom-six.

The Islanders currently lead the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 heading into the third period on MSG+.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.