National Hockey League
NY Islanders 5, Winnipeg 4
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 28, 2019
Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Referees: Francis Charron, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen: Ryan Daisy, Trent Knorr
Attendance: 15321

Casey Cizikas scored the tying goal with 1:46 left Thursday night and Jordan Eberle scored the winning goal just 33 seconds later as the visiting New York Islanders stormed back to stun the Winnipeg Jets 5-4.

The Islanders trailed 2-0 less than seven minutes into the game and were down 3-1 in the second and 4-2 in the third before mounting an unlikely comeback. New York, which scored just six goals in its previous five games, pulled within 4-3 on Eberle's first goal 7:49 into the third. Cizikas swooped into the crease behind Jets right winger Patrik Laine to put back the rebound of a shot by Anthony Beauvillier before Eberle took a no-look pass from behind the net by Mathew Barzal and scored from point-blank range to complete his second two-goal game of the season.

The victory marked just the third time this year the Islanders, who have allowed the second-fewest goals in the NHL, won a game in which they surrendered at least four goals.

Barzal scored in the first period and Anders Lee scored in the second as the Islanders (45-26-7) moved ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins into sole possession of second place in the Metropolitan Division and reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to two points. New York is three points behind the first-place Washington Capitals, who beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Thursday.

Islanders goalie Robin Lehner made 33 saves.

Adam Lowry scored twice in the first period, including just 13 seconds after the opening faceoff, for the Central Division-leading Jets (45-28-4), who missed a chance to move four points ahead of the second-place Nashville Predators and six points ahead of the third-place St. Louis Blues. The two-goal game was the second of the season for Lowry and the fifth of his career.

Brandon Tanev scored in the second period and Mark Scheifele added a third-period goal for the Jets. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck recorded 39 saves.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
NY Islanders   Winnipeg
Jordan Eberle 3 Points Adam Lowry 3
Jordan Eberle 2 Goals Adam Lowry 2
Ryan Pulock 3 Assists Brandon Tanev 2
Anders Lee 1 Power Play Goals Mark Scheifele 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Robin Lehner .892 Save Percentage Connor Hellebuyck .886
Robin Lehner 33 Saves Connor Hellebuyck 39
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 44 5 1-4 3-4 8 19
Winnipeg 37 4 1-4 3-4 8 41
Upcoming Games
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against Montreal. The Jets have a W/L % of .511 after a win and .688 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play their next game at home against Buffalo. The Islanders have a W/L % of .523 after a win and .647 after a loss.