The New York Islanders might have put together their best win of the season as they shut out the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. The Oilers might not be the same team that reached the Western Conference Final last season but they are still one of the best teams in the league and possess more than enough talented players to take over a game. Building off the 3-2 comeback win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Islanders looked dominant to win their second game in a row.
With a 13-8 record heading into Thanksgiving, the Islanders have looked like a good team to start the season. However, the recent win proved that they might be one of the best in the Eastern Conference that can eliminate any offense in the NHL.
Sorokin’s Dominant Night in Net
A 49-save shutout with 14 saves on the penalty kill fails to describe how great Ilya Sorokin was for the Islanders in this game. Despite playing on short rest, starting in the 3-2 win against the Maple Leafs on Nov. 22, he showed no signs of fatigue. Instead, he looked sharp and more disciplined than in any other game this season. The Oilers put together a strong offensive effort, but he kept the puck out of the net with a shutout performance.
Sorokin faced a great Oilers offense, one that averages 3.47 goals per game and possesses two of the game’s best players, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The two Oilers’ forwards managed to create plenty of scoring chances, especially on the rush with their speed and playmaking ability. However, Sorokin with his strong reflexes to stop the quick shots made them look hapless. Furthermore, he made the entire offense look lost as he shut them out in the 3-0 victory.
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This game might have been Sorokin’s best of his career. It was the 12th shutout of his career and second of the season but the 49 saves were the most in his three years in the NHL. Moreover, it was a statement for Sorokin, who proved that he is one of the elite goaltenders in the league and should be a frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy.
Islanders’ Penalty Kill Fuels Win
The Islanders have been great on the penalty kill to start the season with a unit that has allowed only 11 goals on 69 opportunities. However, against the Oilers, it was playing at a different level.
Zach Parise and Jean-Gabriel Pageau forced a turnover and then started up the rush to score the…