COLUMBUS, Ohio — A lot to the Islanders’ chagrin, Artemi Panarin didn’t want to attain a aim to have a huge impact in his first recreation for the Blue Jackets.
Acquired in an offseason commerce with the Blackhawks and touted because the elite scorer Columbus wants, Panarin had three assists and handed sharply because the Blue Jackets rolled over the Islanders in a 5-zero victory Friday night time, the season opener for each groups.
The Islanders opened with power, however received slowed down after Columbus began scoring.
“It was disappointing,” Islanders coach Doug Weight stated. “It appeared a bit like deer-in-the-headlights after it was three-nothing. We simply didn’t react nicely.”
Rookies Sonny Milano and Pierre-Luc Dubois had their first NHL objectives, Cam Atkinson, Ryan Murray and Zach Werenski additionally scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for his twentieth profession shutout.
With all the offensive alternatives, it might have been worse for the Islanders.
Milano scored on Columbus’ first shot of the season — 1:07 in. Oliver Bjorkstrand shoveled the puck out from the again wall to the 21-yr-previous Milano, who snapped a ten-footer previous goalie Thomas Greiss.
“I feel it was like a ten-second shift,” Milano stated. “I simply acquired on the market and the puck landed on my stick and I put it in, so it was fairly cool.”
Greiss made 21 saves earlier than being pulled after giving up Dubois’ aim. Jaroslav Halak stopped all eleven photographs he confronted in aid.
Halfway by means of the primary interval, Panarin circled in and teed up a move that grazed Greiss’ stick and went into the web off Atkinson’s skate. The entire sequence happened after Atkinson picked off a cross within the impartial zone and fed Panarin for the push.
Murray scored from the left circle 6:fifty seven into the second interval after getting a move from Panarin, who carried the puck across the again of the web. Later within the interval on an influence play, Werenski jumped on a pointy rebound and slammed it previous Greiss from about 60 ft.
The 19-yr-previous Dubois — the third general decide in 2016 — acquired his first NHL aim, a wrister from the slot 1:25 later to make it 5-zero.
“It was actually enjoyable,” Dubois stated. “Sonny began us off with a aim, and it doesn’t get higher than that.”