COLUMBUS, Ohio — Patrik Laine scored at 1:49 of overtime to lift the Blue Jackets over the Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night.
Laine skated into the left circle and delivered a wrist shot that sent him tumbling to the ice and beat goalie Ilya Sorokin.
“[Laine] has one of the best shots in the world, and he’s a threat no matter where he is,” Columbus forward Jakub Voracek said.
Blue Jackets’ 18-year-old rookie Cole Sillinger got his first NHL goal late in the second period, 33 seconds after Boone Jenner scored on a power play to tie the game.
Mathew Barzal answered early in the third period for the Islanders to even the score at 2.
Scott Mayfield also scored and Sorokin had 24 stops for the Islanders, who dropped to 1-3.
“We haven’t had a complete effort for sure, but will give some props to our group in the third battling back,” Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said. “That can be really disheartening having a real strong second period like we did, then being on the wrong side of the score.”
Elvis Merzlikins made 28 saves as Columbus improved to 3-1. Oliver Bjorkstrand had three assists.
“I liked that when they tied it, I felt we picked it up in the third instead of kind of shrivel,” Columbus head coach Brad Larsen said.
The Blue Jackets had played a terrible game Tuesday night, losing to 4-1 in Detroit.
“It was a little bit of a fire drill sometimes for us, but we battled through it, and Elvis was good for us again tonight,” Larsen said. “But the response was good. We played better.”
After a scoreless first period, the Islanders got on the board at 10:35 of the second when Mayfield intercepted a clearing pass in the Blue Jackets zone and found space between Merzlikins’ pads.
The Islanders dominated the second until the two-minute mark. That’s when Jenner tied it on a power play, deflecting Voracek’s shot from the point over a screened Sorokin. Columbus followed up with Vladislav Gavrikov’s quick pass from behind the goal line to set up Sillinger.
Barzal tied it with his second goal of the season, a wrist shot over the shoulder at 5:03 of the third.
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