UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee scored second-period goals and Thomas Greiss made 35 saves as the New York Islanders beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 Sunday night.


It was the first win of the season for the Islanders, who lost their home opener 2-1 to Washington on Friday.

The Jets lost for the second time in three games in the New York area to start their season. Winnipeg lost 6-4 to the Rangers in their season opener Thursday, and beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout Friday. The Jets are opening the season on a four-game trip that wraps up Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

After a scoreless first period, Bailey put on the Islanders on the board, tipping in a power-play goal at 1:51 of the second. Anthony Beauvillier and Devon Toews picked up assists.

Islanders right wing Josh Bailey
Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

It was the third straight game the Jets had allowed the opening goal.

Nelson made it 2-0 at 4:38, sending a shot past goaltender Laurent Brossoit, who started his second straight game and finished with 29 saves. Bailey and defenceman Ryan Pulock assisted on the goal.


Lee stretched the Islanders’ lead to 3-0 at 15:55 with his first goal of the season, assisted by Scott Mayfield and Jordan Eberle.

Patrik Laine put the Jets on the board at 17:06 of the second, snapping a shot past Thomas Greiss for his first goal of the season. The Islanders were one of two teams the 21-year-old Laine hadn’t scored against. Columbus remains the other.

Blake Wheeler and defenceman Anthony Bitetto, a Long Island native, were credited with assists on Laine’s goal.

Beauvillier scored for the Islanders at 1:25 of the third, with assists going to Leo Komarov and Derrick Brassard, his first point as a member of the Islanders.

The Jets outshot the Islanders 15-9 in the opening period. The Islanders dominated the second period with a 19-9 advantage in shots.

Brossoit played well despite the loss. His best early save came when he stopped of Komarov on a short-handed breakaway at 13:10 of the first. Brossoit also made two short-handed saves on Nelson in the same sequence midway through the second.

Laurent Brossoit Winnipeg Jets
Laurent Brossoit, Winnipeg Jets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)


The Islanders started Greiss in goal after newcomer Semyon Varlamov played in the opening loss to Washington on Friday.

Greiss shared the William M. Jennings Trophy with teammate Robin Lehner last season when the Islanders allowed the fewest goals in the league.

Notes

The Islanders scratched forwards Tom Kuhnhackl and Ross Johnston and rookie defenceman Noah Dobson, who has yet to make his NHL debut. … The teams meet again Oct. 17 in Winnipeg. … Winnipeg scratched forwards Bryan Little and David Gustafsson and defenceman Josh Morrissey, who sustained an upper body injury during warmups. … Islanders coach Barry Trotz passed Hall of Famer Al Arbour on the all-time games-coached list with 1,608, third-most in league history.

Up Next

Islanders: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Jets: Visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

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Allan Kreda, The Associated Press