Thomas Greiss stopped 31 photos for his fourth shutout of the season and the Islanders beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-0, on Thursday night time time.
Casey Cizikas scored twice on breakaways and Josh Bailey moreover had a goal for the Islanders, who cruised to their fifth win in the ultimate seven video video games. They are 10-2-2 of their earlier 14.
Greiss was wonderful in getting his 12th occupation shutout, and the Islanders’ safety confirmed why it is the stingiest in the N.H.L., having allowed solely 136 targets. The Islanders, who began the night time time three components ahead of Washington atop the Metropolitan Division, snapped the Blue Jackets’ four-game profitable streak.
“The boys make me look good out there,” Greiss said.
Sergei Bobrovsky had 24 saves for the Blue Jackets, who’re tied with Pittsburgh with 67 components nonetheless keep third place in the Metropolitan as a results of they’ve a sport in hand. Columbus appeared to have momentum after defeating the Capitals, 3-0, on Tuesday.
Greiss improved to 17-8-2 whereas splitting time this season with Robin Lehner (17-9-4). Greiss now has three shutouts in his ultimate 5 begins, and he lowered his targets in opposition to widespread to 2.18 — second in the league to Lehner’s 2.08 entering into Thursday’s video video games.
“Whenever we go into a game with the two netminders that we have right now, we have a lot of confidence, and we believe in each other,” Cizikas said.
The Islanders led by 1-0 after the first interval on Cizikas’s goal, organize by a stretch cross from Cal Clutterbuck 7 minutes 6 seconds into the sport.
Later, Columbus’s Josh Anderson obtained his private breakaway from the blue line, nonetheless Greiss saved it out. Anderson broke away as soon as extra later in the interval nonetheless shot correct at the goalie.
Cizikas obtained behind the safety as soon as extra after a Columbus turnover and beat Bobrovsky between the pads to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead at 5:50 of the second interval.
Bailey found an open web after a rebound left Bobrovsky misplaced with 41 seconds left in the second to full the scoring.
BLACKHAWKS 5, DEVILS 2 Patrick Kane scored his 34th goal and added two assists to lead host Chicago earlier the Devils, the Blackhawks’ eighth victory in 9 video video games.
Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Toews and Drake Caggiula moreover scored for Chicago. Cam Ward stopped 41 photos.
Damon Severson and Travis Zajac scored to give the Devils a 2-0 lead with barely higher than three minutes left in the first interval sooner than the Blackhawks took over. The Devils have misplaced two straight and 5 of their ultimate six.
Devils goalie Cory Schneider accomplished with 31 saves to delay his regular-season winless streak to 24 video video games. He is now 0-17-4 since his ultimate win, on Dec. 27, 2017.
Kane extended his components streak to 16 video video games, all through which he has had 12 targets and 22 assists. He now has an assists streak of 15 video video games, eclipsing Stan Mikita’s crew file set in 1967.