Justin Williams returns to shootout goal in Carolina Hurricanes win

Ruben Hill
January 23, 2020

Over is 5-1 in Islanders last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Hurricanes winger Justin Williams scores the shootout victor past Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss on Sunday.

"It was like playoff game out there", Williams said.

The Hurricanes took the lead at the 5:45 mark of the opening period on Andrei Svechnikov's slap shot from the circle to Islanders keeper Thomas Greiss' left.

While Greiss couldn't deny Svechnikov nor Teuvo Teravainen in the shootout, Reimer lapsed in allowing Matthew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier to get the puck past him. Scoring his fifth career shootout-deciding goal, Williams registered his first shootout goal since November 27, 2013, and his first shootout-deciding goal since November 16, 2011, both while playing for the Los Angeles Kings.

Lee scored in the second period and Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier connected in the shootout for NY, but the Islanders lost their third straight.

With three shots apiece coming from Svechnikov and six others, including Williams, Greiss locked down his net throughout the third and overtime periods. He stopped Carolina's Ryan Dzingel midway through the period on a close-range shot and then saved Joel Edmundson's try with 1:59 left.

Lee had two prime chances in the second period but was denied by Reimer. "All of the sudden it opened up at the end there". There were a lot of grade-A looks for both groups. "Reims stood his ground". Finally, Lee was able to finish a rebound with 55 seconds left in the period.

After star defenseman Dougie Hamilton broke his leg at Columbus on Thursday, the Hurricanes needed an emotional boost.

The first 2½ of overtime saw both teams get chances, but neither could score. The Islanders then tried to lull the Hurricanes into making a mistake in the second half of the extra session, but instead the two teams went to the shootout. "So he was definitely a guy I was going to throw out there".

"You know what you need to do to be successful", Reimer said. His first-period goal broke a NY defenceman's stick before ricocheting past Greiss. Williams played on Carolina's fourth line, replacing F Jordan Martinook in the lineup.

Not having played a game since last May's Eastern Conference Final loss to the Boston Bruins, Williams' return to the lineup was a highly anticipated one.

Hurricanes: welcome the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. "Game 7" for his ability to bring out the best in the most critical moments, did so again on Sunday against the New York Islanders on his return debut.

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