NHL Recaps: Isles blank Rangers, Bolts down Ducks, and Oilers trip up Blues

NHL Recaps:  October 26, 2022

It was a light night on the NHL docket for Wednesday with just three contests.

In St. Louis, the Edmonton Oilers were able to pull out a road win over the Blues thanks to a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins milestone. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning evened up their record to 4-4 after doubling up the Ducks in Anaheim.

We start our recaps on Long Islander, where the New York Islanders were able to knock off the New York Rangers thanks to some big-time goaltending by Ilya Sorokin.

NHL Recaps: Islanders blank Rangers

Islanders 3 vs Rangers 0

Kyle Palmieri scored twice and Ilya Sorokin stopped all 41 shots he faced for the New York Islanders, who beat the rival New York Rangers 3-0 on Wednesday in Elmont, N.Y.

Josh Bailey scored in the third period for the Islanders, who snapped a three-game losing streak. The goals were the first of the season for both Palmieri and Bailey. Adam Pelech and Jean-Gabriel Pageau contributed two assists apiece.

Sorokin, who improved to 3-1-0 against the Rangers, recorded his 11th career shutout and first since beating the Montreal Canadiens on April 15.

“It’s good [to face] a lot of shots,” Sorokin said via NHL.com. “I was in the game.” 

Jaroslav Halak, who played for the Islanders from 2014-15 through 2017-18, made 26 saves for the Rangers, who have lost four straight.

“We’re confident in the group we have here,” Rangers captain Jacob Trouba said. “We know we can score goals. We’re getting opportunities, they’re just not going in. It is what it is. All we can do is keep working and eventually things are going to turn for us.”


Oilers 3 vs Blues 1

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Oct 26, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) shoots and scores against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the third period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 200th career goal to lift visiting Edmonton over St. Louis.

“To be honest, I didn’t know it was 200,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “We just stuck with it the entire game. It was a hard-fought game the whole way through. Obviously, happy to get that go-ahead one there.

Jesse Puljujarvi and Zach Hyman also scored for the Oilers, who won their second straight game, and Stuart Skinner made 37 saves. The Blues defeated the Oilers 2-0 in Edmonton four days earlier.

Ryan O’Reilly scored for the Blues, who lost their second straight game. Jordan Binnington stopped 25 of 27 shots.

Lightning 4 vs Ducks 2

Brandon Hagel tallied a tiebreaking, power-play goal late in the third period as Tampa Bay won at Anaheim.

“I don’t think I’ve had a game-winner in a while,” Hagel said. “To get one now feels pretty good.”

Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and an assist and Nikita Kucherov and Nicholas Paul scored for the Lightning, who won for the fourth time in eight games. Victor Hedman had two assists, and Brian Elliott made 19 saves for the win.

Troy Terry posted a goal and an assist for the Ducks, and Trevor Zegras found the net. Dmitry Kulikov notched an assist for his 200th NHL point. John Gibson stopped 26 of 29 shots, but Anaheim lost its sixth straight game (0-5-1).

–Field Level Media contributed to this article.