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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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+ & MSGGO.com. Download the app now.

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