October 7, 2019 / 1:56 AM / 2 months ago

Islanders ride big 2nd period to skate by Jets

Josh Bailey scored the first of the Islanders’ three consecutive second-period goals on Sunday night as host New York defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

Oct 6, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers (27) shoots the puck defended by New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Brock Nelson and Anders Lee also scored in the second period while Anthony Beauvillier added a goal in the third period for the Islanders, who were playing the second game of a season-opening three-game homestand.

Goalie Thomas Greiss recorded 35 saves in his season debut.

Patrik Laine scored in the second period for the Jets, who fell to 1-2-0 on a four-game East Coast road trip to open the season. Goalie Laurent Brossoit made 29 saves.

After a scoreless first period, the Islanders took the lead on a power-play goal early in the second. Beauvillier sent a perfect pass into the crease to Bailey, who, in one motion, took the puck and flicked it past Brossoit at the 1:51 mark.

Nelson opened and closed the sequence that doubled the Islanders’ lead fewer than three minutes later. After winning a faceoff with Blake Wheeler, Nelson controlled the puck and skated around the circle before passing to Adam Pelech. Nelson then skated across the ice and was in position to take a pass from Bailey and fire a shot past a sprawling Anthony Bitetto and into the upper corner of the net.

The Islanders went up 3-0 with 4:05 left in the period, when Scott Mayfield’s slap shot from just in front of the NHL Face-Off logo ticked off the skate of Lee and fluttered past Brossoit.

The Jets got on the board with 2:54 left, when Bitetto pounced on a loose puck in the neutral zone and passed to Wheeler, who hit Laine in stride before Laine beat Greiss on the semi-breakaway.

The Islanders once again went ahead by three goals 1:25 into the third, when Beauvillier corralled his own rebound and tucked a shot past Brossoit.

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