New Islanders Head Coach Patrick Roy Gets First ‘W’
A day after being named head coach of the New York Islanders, Patrick Roy got his first victory behind the Isles 3-2 overtime thriller over the Dallas Stars. Roy took over on Saturday after former head coach Lane Lambert was fired by General Manager Lou Lamoriello. Lambert was 19-15-11 this season.
The win keeps the Isles in the mix for the Wild Card out of the Eastern Conference.
Lighting the lamp for the Isles in overtime was Bo Horvat scored the game winner 19 seconds into the OT, after taking a feed from Matt Brazal who had stolen the puck away from Dallas. Brazal’s wrister to Horvat was clean down the left side of the ice, as the Islanders center had a clear one-on-one shot with the net.
“Everybody wanted to get that win not only for ourselves, but for coach,” Horvat said afterwards.
“It’s high intensity, it’s exactly what we needed,” Brazal said about Roy’s first practice as coach. “He’s going to bring a lot of fire and a lot of passion.”
Meanwhile, the New York Rangers took care of the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 out in California on Sunday. The Blue Shirts were powered by four third-period goals, including a go-ahead power play goal by Artemi Panarin.
Will Cuylle, Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vessy also scored for the Blue Shirts in the victory.
The Rangers improve to 29-15-2 on the year.
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