John Tavares helped the Islanders redeem themselves on Tuesday, scoring the game-winning goal 34 seconds into overtime to give his team a 3-2 win over Carolina.
Josh Ho-Sang, who recorded his second consecutive two-point game and has six points in his last five games, took the puck into the offensive zone and dropped the puck back for the Islanders’ captain. Tavares took a few strides before firing the puck from the top of the slot past Hurricanes’ starter Cam Ward.
The win helped vault the Islanders back into the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. New York also received help from Florida, who was leading Toronto 7-2 at the time this story was published. Tampa Bay defeated Ottawa 2-1 to keep pace with the Islanders, but remain behind New York because of the tiebreaker rule.
Thomas Greiss had a sluggish start, but finished the night strong making 25 saves on 27 shots. Ward stopped 30 of the Islanders 33 shots on Tuesday night.
In similar fashion to Monday the Islanders played a decent first period, but the Hurricanes were able to capitalize on their chances first. Joakim Nordstrom ripped a shot from inside the right faceoff circle and past Greiss for the 1-0 lead at 12:30.
The Hurricanes took a two-goal lead 40 seconds into the second period thanks to Elias Lindholm. The Carolina forward stole the puck in the Islanders zone, raced up the ice and fired the puck through the legs of Greiss.
However, Greiss and the Islanders would turn things around after the Lindholm goal. The Islanders starter tightened up, making several big stops, and in the final 1:05 New York tied the game back up.
First, Ho-Sang was the recipient of a fortunate bounce at 18:55. Nikolay Kulemin had a shot attempt bounce off the leg of a Hurricanes’ defender and right to Ho-Sang. The Islanders rookie quickly snapped the puck past Ward to cut the deficit to one.
Jason Chimera tied the game at two moments later. Chimera fired the shot off the glass behind the Carolina, picked up the puck when it landed and roofed it past ward with 39.3 left in the second period.
The win was crucial for the Islanders, who suffered a deflating 8-4 loss to the Hurricanes the night before in Brooklyn. The Islanders will return back to New York on Thursday for a meeting with the Winnipeg Jets.