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5 Takeaways From Islanders’ 3-2 Win vs Maple Leafs

5 Takeaways From Islanders' 3-2 Win vs Maple Leafs

The New York Islanders were desperate for a win to end their four-game road trip on a high note. After back-to-back losses where they lost 5-4 to the Nashville Predators and 5-2 to the Dallas Stars, they stepped up against the Toronto Maple Leafs and defeated them 3-2 in overtime.

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The Islanders were outplayed for the majority of the game with the Maple Leafs controlling the pace of play and creating more scoring chances. However, they managed to come back from another game late and earn a much-needed win, splitting the four-game road trip.

The Islanders are now 12-8 on the season giving them the second-best record in the Metropolitan Division. In addition, they are 3-0 in overtime with the recent game-winning goal coming from a big shot from a player who made his mark in overtime earlier in his career.

Beauvillier’s Overtime Winner

Anthony Beauvillier’s most iconic moment in his career, possibly one of the greatest moments in Islanders’ recent history, was his game-winning goal in overtime in Game 6 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinal. His top-shelf shot not only forced a Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning but also closed out the Nassau Coliseum in style.

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Against the Maple Leafs, Beauvillier won the game with his shot going to the top corner of the net. With the Islanders skating on the rush, Brock Nelson gave him space with a drop pass, allowing him enough room for an open shot. Beauvillier not only quickly fired the puck on goal, but his accurate shot zipped past Maple Leafs’ goaltender Erik Kallgren to end the game.

With the goal, Beauvillier now has four goals and four assists on the season. While he’s not having a breakout year, he’s putting together a respectable bounce-back season where he is an integral part of the top six. The recent game was a reminder that he might not be the most valuable player on the team or the best forward but is still one that can contribute to the offense.

Bailey’s Big Goal

With only 179 goals and 381 assists in his career, Josh Bailey is known more for his passing and not his goal-scoring. However, off a turnover and a mistake from the Maple Leafs, he took advantage and gave the Islanders a jolt late in the game. Kallgren poorly played the puck near his net and Bailey quickly fired it on goal to tie the game with only three minutes left in the third period, leading to the overtime victory.

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