NEW YORK — Ilya Sorokin made a career-high 49 saves and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice early in the second half as the New York Islanders beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Defenseman Sebastian Aho also scored for the Islanders, who have won two straight games and four of six. New York has improved to 12-1-2 in its last 15 home games against the Oilers.
“The result of this game is that we couldn’t untie their goalie,” said Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft. “We haven’t found a way to crack it.”
After a scoreless first period, Pageau scored 4:33 against Oilers goalie Jack Campbell while shorthanded, while Anthony Beauvilier served a crushing penalty. Zach Parise and Adam Pelech assisted.
The Islanders are 8-0-0 as Parise, 38, takes a point.
Parise has not missed a game in his two seasons with the Islanders.
“Zach is fun to play with. He made a great pass and I just put it in,” Pageau said. “He helped me a lot.”
Pageau scored again at 6:39, this time on a power play. His fifth goal of the season was assisted by Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee.
“He’s a big moment guy,” Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck said of Pageau, who scored twice for the first time this season.
The assist extended Barzal’s points streak to six games. Barzal leads the Islanders with 21 assists and 23 points total.
Aho scored the second with his second goal of the season, 3-0 at 16:56, with assists for Oliver Wahlstrom and Casey Cizikas.
“I thought we really wanted to play it right,” said Islanders coach Lane Lambert. “And our goalkeeper 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 from us. These guys are very dangerous,” Sorokin said, referring to Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl with high goals. “I don’t think much about how many shots there are.”
The Islanders denied Edmonton three power play chances in the third game as 27-year-old Sorokin improved to 9-5-0.
“Three kills against them was tremendous,” added Clutterbuck.
The Islanders clinched a 2-1 overtime win in Toronto on Monday. The Oilers lost their last game Monday, 5-2 in New Jersey.
The Islanders beat the Oilers 12-9 in the first game, although Edmonton failed to score until the 13th minute of the half period. Sorokin’s best save was a stunning right stop on Zach Hyman at 16:58 to keep the game scoreless.
Sorokin also denied Hyman early in the third and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with a nifty glove stop just under eight minutes from time.
Campbell, who shot a puck to the face on the bench in Monday’s loss in New Jersey, made 28 saves in the loss.
“I thought he gave us a chance to win tonight and made some good saves when called upon to do so,” Woodcroft said, nose flinching at him.
The Islanders are 13-2-0 this season if they score at least three goals.
The Islanders, who improved to 13-6-0, did not have 13 wins last season through Jan. 18. … Islanders forward Simon Holmstrom made his NHL debut after Kyle Palmieri suffered a late scrape with an upper body injury. Holmstrom, a first-round draft pick in 2019, was recalled from Bridgeport and ran along with Barzal and Wahlstrom. … New York also scratched defender Robin Salo and forward Ross Johnston. … The Oilers scratched defenseman Ryan Murray and forwards Devin Shore and Kailer Yamamoto. … The teams will meet again in Edmonton on January 5th. … Islanders defenders have scored 17 goals in the NHL.
Oilers: Visit the Rangers Saturday afternoon for a three-game trip to the New York area.
Islanders: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
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