Islanders fall to Blue Jackets in OT as slow start continues

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Patrik Laine scored at 1:49 of overtime to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night.

Laine’s wrist shot from the left circle sent him tumbling to the ice and beat goalie Ilya Sorokin.

Elvis Merzlikins made 28 saves as Columbus improved to 3-1.

Mathew Barzal scored early in the third period for the Islanders to tie the game after the Blue Jackets had tallied twice in 33 seconds to end the second.

Eighteen-year-old Cole Sillinger got his first NHL goal and Boone Jenner scored his team-leading third of the season for Columbus.

Scott Mayfield also scored and Sorokin had 24 stops for the Islanders, who dropped to 1-3.

After a scoreless first period, the Islanders got on the board at 10:35 of the second when Mayfield intercepted a clearing pass in the Blue Jackets zone and found space between Merzlikins’ pads.

Ilya Sorokin reacts to allowing the game-winning goal against the Blue Jackets.

The Islanders dominated the second until the two-minute mark. That’s when Jenner tied it on a power play, deflecting Jakub Voracek shot from the point over a screened Sorokin. Columbus followed up with Vladislav Gavrikov’s quick pass from behind the goal line to set up Sillinger.

Barzal tied it with his second goal of the season, a wrist shot over the shoulder at 5:03 of the third.