New York Islanders
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A focused and prepared New York Islanders team picked up their first win in shutting down a resilient Winnipeg squad.

  • New York Islanders (1-1-0, 2 points)
  • Winnipeg Jets (1-2-0, 2 points)
  • Box Score, NHL, Final
  • Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
It was an ideal game all-around for the New York Islanders who sprinted at the start of the night and never slowed down.

After dropping the home opener to the Washington Capitals 2-1, the Islanders responded with a rounded effort. Strong defensive structure and a noticeable improvement in the faceoff dot were the two primary weapons for a refreshed Islander team.

The Islanders survived a tense first period with chances on both ends. The Jets came up with their best chances and Thomas Greiss was more than up to task for the evening as the game’s third star.

Josh Bailey started the scoring at the beginning of the second period with both his and the Isles’ first powerplay goal of the season.

Brock Nelson and Anders Lee also both scored their first goals of the season while Patrik Laine found his first for the Jets’ only tally.

Anthony Beauvillier had an assist on Bailey’s go-ahead goal and would score his own at the start of the third period to cap the evening.

Barry Trotz coached his 1,068th NHL game, passing Al Arbour for third all-time in games coached. In retrospect, it’s fitting for him to have been aboard when he passed Arbour in career wins last season and now for all-time games coached.

Trotz is looking to continue to push the Islanders forward this season and if their practice over the last couple of days is any indication, they’re on their way to another successful year.

The Islanders responded to a shaky season opener with 50 percent efficiency in the faceoff dot and perfect special teams (2/2 on the penalty kill, 1/1 on the powerplay).

Most importantly for the offense, the bottom-six had a strong start and not many were better than Leo Komarov tonight. Uncle Leo moved with purpose and speed, getting on the scoresheet with an assist to Beau’s goal.

While short-handed, the Islanders generated arguably some of their best chances like Komarov’s close call on a breakaway.

Tonight’s win secured the first two points of the season and helped build confidence in the season’s start. Continuing their strong start in the face-off dot and building off their strong special teams will be two things Trotz will likely emphasize.

The Isles conclude their three-game homestand against the Edmonton Oilers who house two of the most lethal scorers in the world.

Anthony Beauvillier had an assist on Bailey’s go-ahead goal and would score his own at the start of the third period to cap the evening.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Nassau Coliseum this Tuesday night.

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.