Islanders shut out Blue Jackets, end three-game winless streak



Columbus had a flurry of chances near the midpoint of the third, but couldn't beat Varlamov, who drew chants of "Varly!" It (happened) quick. I just had to go out there and get ready. "I only had 30 seconds, I think". "You have to go in survival mode so you lock right in and go on your instincts and determination and all that".

"We (knew) how important this game (was) for us", Varlamov said. "I thought we made some fatigue mistakes in the third period that maybe we wouldn't have made if we have a guy like (Dumoulin)". He skated to the bench during a stoppage in play and told Trotz he wasn't feeling well and was a little dizzy.

Werenski left 3:37 into the game after a collision with Lee in front of the Blue Jackets net. "Varly!" throughout the period. The Blue Jackets' only goal was an Oliver Bjorkstrand shot that deflected in off of Gustav Nyquist. Varlamov had a stick save on Nyquist in front with 8:42 left.

"I thought we played well", Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "We weren't able to finish". We ended up with some opportunities. "The first half of the first period, we weren't very good, but we settled in nicely". After a long shift in the CBJ offensive zone, Adam Pelech got the puck and flipped a flawless pass out of the zone to Barzal in stride, and he motored behind the defense and beat Merzlikins on a breakaway with a slick backhand finish. What better way to vex that by getting a solid win at home? We have to find a way to play better, even when we don't have our best game. "Our (defence) had great gaps and forced a lot of turnovers, which helps our offence, so just a full team effort".

Power-play opportunities_Columbus 0 of 1; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 0.

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Greiss, who exited with a 1-0 lead, is the first Islanders goalie to ever earn a win after playing less than one period.

"It's 1-1 after the first, then we give them some easy goals", Patric Hornqvist said.

Lee almost double the lead about 3 1/2 minutes in, but was denied by Merzlikins. Ryan O'Reilly stripped the puck from Jared McCann and fed it to Faulk, whose wrist shot went off Murray's right pad and into the net.

"It is actually one thing I kind of worked on in the summer was batting pucks out of the air like that, trying to meet it when it hits the ice and I think I got a little bit lucky there as well", Walker said. It was Barzal's 10th goal of the season.

The shots were pretty even in the first period but I thought NY got the majority of the good chances. Bailey was whistled for interference on Jones with 3:01 left with the game's only penalty. Here's the game recap from their matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. Columbus D Zach Werenski left the game early in the first period. He was down on the ice for several minutes before skating off while favoring his right shoulder and headed straight to the dressing room. That has been the story of the season at times for the Blue Jackets, and it's not a huge surprise the Islanders - one of the toughest teams to score against in the entire league - were able to make it hard on Columbus when it came to taking away time and space. Per Natural Stat Trick, the Blue Jackets had a 20-13 edge in high-danger chances and a 3.58-2.41 edge in expected goals at 5-on-5, but they couldn't get a goal. The Blue Jackets attempted 22 shots to the Penguins' four.

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