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The Isles get their first goal horn, and first win, in their future home.

Ryan Pulock puts his name down in quasi-history.
Ryan Pulock puts his name down in quasi-history.
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Well that's a bit more like it. The New York Islanders got their Brooklyn goal drought out of the way early, then treated fans to a recent Nassau special: Taking a two-goal lead, then losing it.

No matter, it's just preseason, and the Isles ended up with the purely theoretical points. Fans at Barclays Center saw an overtime (scoreless), Ryan Pulock's first powerplay slapshot goal in an Isles uniform, and a why-not? shootout sealed by a Brock Nelson conversion and a Chad Johnson save.

Pulock opened scoring in the first on a powerplay that Anders Lee drew out of Adam Henrique. Colin McDonald continued the 4th-line roster campaign when he pressed Keith "Jamaica" Kinkaid to cough up the puck and double the lead.

But the Isles gave up a goal in each of the remaining two periods, which led to a mostly uneventful overtime and a victorious albeit Frans Nielsen-free shootout. Kyle Okposo also converted, while Johnson stopped Henrique and Martin Havlat after conceding to Reid Boucher.

Here's the boxscore| Isles recap | ILWT

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Highlights


The Ice: Preseason Form

Tavares on the game, and ice conditions:

"As it [got worse] it slowed us down a bit. They're a team that kind of bogs things down and clogs up the neutral zone, so they were [able to leverage it and come back, essentially]."

More on the ice: "It was bad. By the second and third, the puck just kept bouncing, and it was hard to make plays. But it's only one game here. Any time there's just one skate, it's going to be hard to [make good ice]. But they have a year to get it right. We've really enjoyed both games here."

LHH at Barclays Center

I mean, just look at these guys. Battle level lookin' high.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Up Next: The Isles resume the preseason schedule Tuesday in Boston, which will also be televised in the U.S. on NESN and NHL Network. But we'll be bothering you with the usual assortment of topics to chew until then.