The New York Islanders have a new multi-billion-dollar arena and have yet to give their fans a victory at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. To make matters worse, the Islanders have now lost 9 games in a row. On the bright side, the Islanders have picked up a point in their 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks. Now, enough about the opponents.
The San Jose Sharks have won their 3rd straight game on the road. In their third set of a 5-game road trip this season, the Sharks have one shutout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks, an offensive onslaught against the New Jersey Devils, and now an overtime win against the New York Islanders. With tonight's outcome, San Jose has won 6 of their last 10 games.
Tonight's game, even though being played in a shiny new building, had all the feels of an old-time hockey game. From the physical play to the goaltending battle, the Sharks found themselves in a fight against a hungry Islanders team who just had two-game postponed due to pandemic protocols. Goals by Nick Bonino and Erik Karlsson gave the Sharks the dub, but it was the assists by Jonathan Dahlen and Timo Meier that stole the highlight reels. Both goals were set up by precision passing that lead to 'tap in' goals in front of the crease.
The Sharks found a way to grind out the victory in the "City That Never Sleeps", but the San Jose hockey club will have to find a way to rest up for the game against the New York Rangers, scheduled to start just 20 hours after this bout with the Isles. Adin Hill, who allowed a goal on the first shot of the game, shut down the Islanders to help the Sharks get the overtime win and a much-needed win for himself as he continues to work for consideration of the number one spot in the crease. James Reimer, who undoubtedly is playing his best hockey to hold down the starting job, will be in net against the Rangers. The Sharks faceoff against the Rangers on Friday, December 3rd at 4 PM PST.