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NY Islanders 4, Chicago 1
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Trevor Hanson, Furman South
Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Jonathan Deschamps
Attendance: 20279

Ilya Sorokin stopped a career-best 39 shots and Oliver Wahlstrom scored twice in a three-goal third period to boost the visiting New York Islanders to a 4-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

New York earned its first win of the season despite being outshot 40-29. The Islanders benefitted from Wahlstrom's first career multi-goal game and a stellar outing from Sorokin, who lost the bid for his fourth career shutout with 26 seconds to play.

The Islanders' Anthony Beauvillier scored unassisted at 4:08 of the second period, jamming in a loose puck in front of the net.

Chicago has yielded the first goal in each of its four games, picking up just one point so far.

The Islanders maintained the advantage into the second intermission, then steadily built upon it, tallying three goals in the first 11:06 of the third period to seize control. Wahlstrom began the spurt, capitalizing on a Chicago turnover to beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury just 48 seconds into the third.

Uneven play from Chicago helped pave the way for the Islanders' next two goals -- Wahlstrom's tally on a feed from Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Cal Clutterbuck's unassisted goal off the rush.

The Blackhawks went 0-for-3 on the power play. MacKenzie Entwistle scored the team's lone goal, at 19:34 of the third. Fleury made 25 saves.

Plagued by slow starts throughout a season-opening three-game road trip, the Blackhawks reversed the trend in their home opener, creating numerous chances in a scoreless first period while outshooting the Islanders 18-9.

The Blackhawks also outshot the Islanders in the second period 12-12, but Chicago actually enjoyed more chances on a New York power play in the closing minutes of the period.

A turnover at the Islanders' blue line created a short-handed breakaway opportunity for the Blackhawks' Alex DeBrincat, but Sorokin turned away a shot high to his blocker side to keep the shutout intact.

Islanders forward Anders Lee missed the game with a non-COVID-19-related illness.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
NY Islanders   Chicago
Oliver Wahlstrom 2 Points Mackenzie Entwistle 1
Oliver Wahlstrom 2 Goals Mackenzie Entwistle 1
Jean-Gabriel Pageau 1 Assists Kirby Dach 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ilya Sorokin .975 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .862
Ilya Sorokin 39 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 25
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 29 4 0-2 3-3 11 28
Chicago 40 1 0-3 2-2 9 21
Upcoming Games
  • Chicago will play their next game at home against Vancouver. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play their next game on the road against Columbus. The Islanders have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .333 after a loss.