The New York Islanders notched their first official victory in Brooklyn with a 4-2 afternoon win over the Winnipeg Jets. Four different forwards contributed goals -- John Tavares, who had one of them, also added two assists -- while Thomas Greiss recorded his first victory as an Islander.
The Isles began the Columbus Day affair in impressive control, logging the game's first nine shots and drawing four first-period power plays. Though most of those early shots came from the man advantage, the Isles were definitely earning the calls, driving the net and otherwise creating a ruckus to elicit Jets transgressions.
Still, the period was following the path of Emo Isles Fan Angst -- an impressive first power play followed by a flat one, and then some -- before Ryan Strome opened scoring by converting a carom off the boards with just 12 seconds left in the period.
Strome's was the Isles' first power play goal of the season and offered some needed relief of frustration heading into the first intermission. They picked up where they left off in the second, with Brock Nelson scoring at even strength and Tavares notching their second power play goal to make it 3-0.
Mark Scheifele broke Greiss' shutout bid late in the second, Dustin Byfuglien made it uncomfortable with a power play goal midway through the third, and Tavares failed to adhere to the script when he missed on the first penalty shot in [ingloriously sponsored] Center's young NHL history.
Despite that, the Isles never really let up, and shots were 44-24 by game's end. Josh Bailey finished things and restored the two-goal margin with an empty-netter at 19:41, unwittingly triggering the first toddler Cup raise in Barclays history.
The Isles are now a numerically balanced 1-1-1, and a standingsly meaningless second place in the Metropolitan Division, on the young season.
The event was another "all tickets sold" game in their new digs in Brooklyn, though the afternoon crowd looked spotty in, well, spots. Didn't hurt the noise though (See below.) But some of these people with the sweet seats need to either show up or share the love, yo.
The Isles next host the Predators on Thursday.
Moment of Zen
In which the newcomer and goalie of record plays to the crowd: