The Rundown: Bailey the Hero in Game 1

The NHL playoffs returned to the Coliseum with a bang Wednesday night.

In a back-and-forth contest featuring dramatic plays throughout, the Islanders rode the wave of their rabid support and took Game 1 behind Josh Bailey‘s overtime winner at 4:39 of the extra session.

After having an early goal ruled out for offsides, the Islanders were able to take the early lead behind Jordan Eberle.

Jordan Eberle gets the Isles out in front early in the first period against the Penguins, as the hosts strike first in Game 1.

The Penguins got one back behind Phil Kessel shortly after.

But the Isles would take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission after Brock Nelson struck on the power play at 15:46 of the first period.

The Islanders take the lead back on the power play thanks to Brock Nelson in Game 1 of the first period against the Penguins.

The Penguins would turn up the pressure in the second period and it would pay off with Evgeni Malkin’s marker at 13:41 of the middle stanza.

The teams would be tied deep into the third period before Nick Leddy fired a rocket and gave the Isles the lead back at 12:35.

Nick Leddy scores his first goal this postseason, as the Isles take the lead in the third period against the Penguins.

The Isles were just under two minutes away from sealing a Game 1, but Justin Schultz would go on to score with the net empty for Pittsburgh at 18:31.

That set the stage for Bailey.

After a series of close calls for both sides, the Isles’ alternate captain pounced on a loose puck and deposited it into the yawning net. Game 1 would belong to the Islanders.

Josh Bailey seals an Isles Game 1 win after pouncing on the loose rebound and firing it into the back of the net.

The home crowd would go one to serenade their hero with a song as they exited the building, thrilled that their team would be taking a 1-0 series lead.

After the game, Barry Trotz spoke to our Shannon Hogan and explained about how the Isles were able to ride the energy of the home crowd to a Game 1 victory.

Barry Trotz speaks exclusively with Shannon Hogan after the Isles' 4-3 Game 1 win over the Penguins.

The Isles will be back in action at Coliseum against the Penguins in Game 2 Friday. You can watch live coverage of tilt beginning at 6:30 PM on MSG+ & Download the app now.