The New York Islanders continued their strong play under new head coach Doug Weight, beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Tuesday night at Rogers Place.
The Islanders opened the scoring late in the first period with Drake Caggiula in the penalty box for high-sticking. Rookie Josh Ho-Sang blasted a point shot over Cam Talbot’s right shoulder for his first career goal.
The Oilers pulled even less than three minutes into the second period when Zack Kassian deflected Matt Benning’s point shot past Thomas Greiss. The Islanders regained the lead about seven minutes later when Anders Lee banged in a rebound.
The Oilers had a power play early in the third but couldn’t cash in. Andrew Ladd scored shortly after it expired to make it 3-1. Lee added a late empty net goal.
Oilers forward Milan Lucic said it’s mental errors that cost his team the win.
“You gotta be sharp especially this time of year, and a little preview and I guess a little wake up call of what the last 16 games are gonna be like.”
The Islanders snap a six-game winless skid in Edmonton, winning for the first time since March 13, 2003. They’re 14-6-3 under Weight.
The Oilers fall to 35-23-8 on the season and 3-9-2 on Tuesdays. They’ll host Pittsburgh on Friday. (jrw/cj)