Despite the injuries, the Islanders surprise
The New York Islanders have had no choice but to rely on roster depth lately, and the support staff did their job in a narrow 2-1 win over the mighty Jets Winnipeg on Wednesday night at UBS Arena.
Without Mathew Barzal, Oliver Wahlstrom, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Cal Clutterbuck up front, the Isles show a different face in February. Against one of the best teams in the Western Conference, the Big Apple team held on for a second consecutive victory.
Simon Holmstrom broke the tie at halftime. way to the third twenty, thanks to a shot of great quality. Connor Hellebuyck saw nothing but fire, the Swedish striker finding the top right corner of the Jets net. Defender Sebastian Aho also scored.
In goal, Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves for his 20th win this season. The Russian keeper reached that milestone for the second time, after his 26 wins last year.
Sorokin was only thwarted by Nikolaj Ehlers, who was playing his 500th career game. He celebrated that by hitting the target in the second period. His power-play shot was unmistakable, beating the 27-year-old goalie above the right shoulder.
The Dane is the sixth player in the recent Jets to reach that milestone , and the fourth in the current edition. Before him, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry played half a thousand games with this formation. Scheifele was also taking part in his 700th game in the National League.
The Jets will have the opportunity to get revenge as early as Sunday, but this time at home, at the Canada Life Centre.