NEW YORK (AP) — Ilya Sorokin made a career-high 49 saves and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice early in the second period as the New York Islanders beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Defenseman Sebastian Aho also scored for the Icelanders, who have won two straight games and four of six. New York improved to 12-1-2 in their last 15 home games against the Oilers.
“What this game came down to is we couldn’t solve his problem,” Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said. “We didn’t find a way to rebound him.”
After a scoreless first period, Pageau closed the scoring at 4:33 against Oilers netminder Jack Campbell while Anthony Beauvilier was serving a penalty kill. Zach Parise and Adam Pelech standing by.
The Isles are 8-0-0 when the 38-year-old Paris gets a point.
Paris hasn’t missed a game in two seasons with the Islanders.
“It’s fun to play with Zach. He made a great transition and just put it on,” Pageau said. “He helped me a lot.”
Pageau scored again at 6:39, this time on the power play. Fifth goal of the season with assists from Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee.
“He’s a big-time guy,” Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck said of Pageau, who scored twice for the first time this season.
Barzal’s assist point streak extended to six games. Barzal leads the Islanders with 21 assists and a career-high 23 points.
Aho made it 3-0 at 16:56 of the second with his second goal of the period, with assists from Oliver Wahlstrom and Casey Cizikas.
“I thought we believed we were going the right way,” Island coach Lane Lambert said. “And our goaltender played really well and made some great saves.”
Sorokin made nine saves in the first, 17 in the second and 23 more in the third for his second shutout of the season and 12th of his career.
“It was a good game for us. Those guys are dangerous,” Sorokin said, referring to high-scoring Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. “They don’t think much about how many shots they take.”
The Islanders denied three Edmonton power-play chances in the third as Sorokin’s 27-year-old improved to 9-5-0.
“Three kills against them is huge,” Clutterbuck added.
The Islanders went to overtime 2-1 to beat Toronto on Monday. The Oilers lost their previous game, 5-2 in New Jersey on Monday.
The Islanders outshot the Oilers 12-9 in the first, although Edmonton didn’t have a shot on goal until 13 minutes into the period. Sorokin was the best defender on a blazing right-hander stopping Zach Hyman at 16:58 to mark a scoreless game.
Sorokin also denied Hyman early in the third and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with a snazzy ball stop with just under eight minutes remaining.
Campbell, who took the puck to the face on the bench in Monday’s loss at New Jersey, made 27 saves.
“I thought we had a chance to win tonight and he made some good saves,” Woodcroft said. “I’m impressed with Jack Campbell and the level of the staff as-it-iveness and unwillingness to take the puck to the nose from him.”
The Islanders are 13-2-0 this season when they score at least three goals.
NOTES: The Islanders, who are 133-6-0, didn’t reach 13 last season until Jan. 18. … Iceland forward Simon Holmstrom made his NHL debut after Kyle Palmieri went down late with an upper-body injury. Holmstrom, a first-round draft pick in 2019, was recalled by Bridgeport and skated on a line with Barzal and Wahlstrom. I was also impressed by … new defenseman Robin Salo and forward Ross Johnston. … The Oleers drafted defensive end Ryan Murray and forwards Devin Shore and Kailer Yamamoto. … The parties shall meet again on the 5th of Jan. in Edmonton. … Islander defensemen have scored an NHL-leading 17 goals.
Oilers: Visit the Rangers on Saturday afternoon to complete a three-game road trip to the New York area.
Islanders: At Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
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