Thomas Greiss' sprawling save in Carolina captured the first of the #IslesAwards this season, but after celebrating the goalies, it's time to spotlight the snipers who beat them. So here's to the Islanders who snipe, deke and bring us out of our seats every night. So watch the videos and vote for the #IslesAwards Goal of the Year today!
Update: John Tavares' goal vs St. Louis won the #IslesAwards Goal of the Year.
Nominee 1: Josh Bailey vs the Anaheim Ducks
Josh Bailey had a career year this season and he started it on the right note. The longest-tenured Islander scored the OT winner with a highlight reel goal in the team's home opener against Anaheim.
It was a beauty, as Bailey picks up the puck in the Ducks zone, wheels to the outside, pulls an outside-in move on a sliding Andrew Cogliano before faking and finishing around John Gibson. Lesson: give Bailey some room and watch him work some magic.
Nominee 2: John Tavares vs St. Louis Blues
So John Tavares can just throw his stick behind his back and keep control of the puck, while fighting off a defenseman, eh.
We've come to expect a lot from the captain, but even this takes ridiculous to the next level. With Jay Bouwmeester draped all over him, Tavares maneuvers his stick behind his back to fight off the check and somehow still manages to keep control of the puck and find space in the slot. Instead of dishing it off, Tavares collects himself, loads up a wrister and finishes this ridiculous play off with a snipe. Only Tavares figures out how to pull a move like this off on the fly - and then actually does it. Ridiculous.
Nominee 3: John Tavares vs Dallas Stars
With a five-point game three years ago, John Tavares has a history with the Dallas Stars. Add this to the list.
It's pretty simple, but Tavares puts a nice outside-in move on John Klingberg, before burying on Kari Lehtonen. Tavares just makes it look too easy, but trust us, it's definitely not.
Nominee 4: Josh Ho-Sang vs Buffalo Sabres
Josh Ho-Sang is an electric player on the ice and shows off his speed on this breakaway and his ability to fake out a goaltender. It's a pretty simple deke for Ho-Sang - relative to some of what we've seen so far - but the speed that he pulls the puck back to his forehand, that puck is in before Robin Lehner is done sliding to the wrong side of the net. Nice job by the rookie to get the goalie to bite on that one. A+ celebration too.