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Recap: Islanders 4, Kings 3 OT

Jordan Eberle scores the OT winner as the Islanders beat the Kings

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Recap: LAK 3, NYI 4 - F/OT

Tavares, Eberle power Islanders to 4-3 overtime win

John Tavares tallied a goal and two assists, while Jordan Eberle netted the overtime winner to lead the Islanders to a 4-3 victory on home ice

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Jordan Eberle scored the OT-winner 1:54 into the extra frame, as the New York Islanders rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the LA Kings 4-3 on Saturday night at Barclays Center. 

Eberle took a pass from Mathew Barzal on a two-on-one rush and snapped a wrist shot top corner on Kings goalie Darcy Kuemper. His 13th goal of the season capped a gutsy effort by the Islanders, who halted a two-game losing streak with a win over the Pacific Division leaders. 

Eberle ended the game, but it was the Islanders top line that carried the team to Saturday's victory. John Tavares (1G, 2A), Anders Lee (1G, 1A) and Josh Bailey (1G, 1A) all scored for the Islanders, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead. 

Video: LAK@NYI: Eberle roofs wrister top shelf for OT winner

"They are in one right now," head coach Doug Weight said of his red-hot top line. "They are a special line, a special group and three special players. They're rolling and we have to ride them." 

Lee's 20th of the season - a backhand roof job over Kuemper's shoulder in tight - nearly held as the winner, but Anze Kopitar scored with 13 seconds left to force overtime. The goal was not without controversy, as Kopitar and two other Kings crashed the net and poked at Thomas Greiss, but it ultimately stood to force OT. 

Kopitar nearly won it on a breakaway in the extra frame, but Greiss made the biggest of his 26 saves, shutting the five-hole on the Kings' leading scorer.

Video: LAK@NYI: Greiss stops Kopitar on OT breakaway chance

"Obviously we would have preferred to win that one in regulation but it's gonna happen at times and I thought we responded well," Bailey said. 

The Islanders responded well to adversity all night. After Oscar Fantenberg and Tyler Toffoli put the Kings up 2-0 in the first period, the Islanders stuck with their game, grinding the Kings down. 

Bailey got one back for the Islanders in the final minute of the first, deflecting a Calvin de Haan point shot past Kuemper at 19:10. The Islanders couldn't break through in the second period, but found a way in the third. 

Video: LAK@NYI: Lee roofs a backhander top shelf

With the Isles on a power play, Lee misfired on a Bailey pass, but the puck found its way to Tavares who hammered home his 19th of the season at 4:15 to tie the score 2-2. From there, the Islanders continued to pressure the Kings, culminating with Lee's 20th of the season, the frantic finish and eventually Eberle's winner. 

"We were playing well and we felt like we were creating chances and the momentum," Eberle said. "With the way the offense has gone this season, we're comfortable in those situations. We don't want to be in those situations, but when we are, we feel like we can score to come back."

Greiss made 26 saves in his first win since Nov. 24. Kuemper stopped 29-of-33 in the overtime loss. 

Video: LAK@NYI: Tavares roofs a one-timer for PPG


Steve Bernier made his season debut on Saturday night, one day after being recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bernier, whose last NHL game was on May 6, 2016, skated on a line with Anthony Beauvillier and Jason Chimera. The veteran winger finished the contest with three shots, three hits and 11:34 TOI. 


The Islanders continue their five-game homestead on Tuesday night when they host the Detroit Red Wings. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

Video: NYI 4, LAK 3 OT: Doug Weight

Video: NYI 4, LAK 3 OT: Josh Bailey

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Video: NYI 4, LAK 3 OT: Thomas Greiss

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