Thomas Hickey scored at 3:07 of the overtime to help the New York Islanders to win 2-1 against the Calgary Flames on Monday.
While the Flames made a bad change after Michael Frolik smashed his stick, Captain John Tavares moved into the opposing area and sent a reverse pass to Hickey, which defeated Brian Elliott.
“I was happy to put the stick in overtime,” said Hickey. It was a game we had to win. ”
Tavares also hit the target in the first period.
“I have a lot of expectations,” said Tavares. I have to do the games and produce. And lead by example. ”
Thomas Greiss rejected 25 shots for the Islanders, standing in a stunning sequence at the end of the second period before yielding to Sean Monahan at 5:51 of the third.
The Islanders bounced back after a frustrating three-game trip to the West Coast. They beat the Anaheim Ducks in the shootout but lost to the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks.
The Islanders have a 1-6-1 record abroad, but have improved their performance to 6-4-3 at the Barclays Center.
Elliott made 25 saves and lost seventh in a row. He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues during the summer to fill the starting position, but had to give way to reservist Chad Johnson in the last three games.
“This guy works so hard and he attaches importance to the team,” said Flames captain Mark Giordano. For him, having a big night and bouncing, it was beautiful to see. ”
The Flames concluded a trip of six games in nine days with a 3-2-1 record. The Flames fought fatigue in a 5-2 defeat against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday and did not show much intensity against the Islanders.
The latter won the last five matches between the two teams and improved their record to 17-1-3 against their rivals West at the Barclays Center.