In his first-ever game in the National Hockey League (NHL), Quebec goaltender Kevin Mandolese was blasted with 48 shots, paving the way for a 3-2 penalty shootout win for the Ottawa Senators over the Islanders on Tuesday in New York paved.
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Mandolese notably canceled out Bo Horvat and Kyle Palmieri on penalties. Meanwhile, Tim Stützle and Drake Batherson hit the target at the expense of Igor Sorokin, himself the author of 32 saves.
Mandolese was selected in the sixth round by the National Capital Club in 2018 and was promoted to the NHL due to injuries to Cam Talbot and Anton Forsberg. Before that, he excelled in six games in the ECHL but struggled with the Belleville Senators.
The former Cape Breton Eagles were joined by teammates Stützle and Brady Tkachuk, who both had a goal and an assist in the game. He was cheated on by Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson.
For Pulock, it was a 41st goal in the Islanders jersey, one more than the famous Mark Streit, author of 40 goals with the New York club. Only seven defenders have scored more times than Pulock with the Islanders, including Denis Potvin and former Montreal Canadiens Roman Hamrlik.
Ryan Graves scored the winning goal with two seconds remaining as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Blue Jackets 3-2 in Columbus.
Graves responded to Johnny Gaudreau, who himself had threaded the needle in the first third with two seconds to go. Gaudreau thus equalized the game, as did his teammate Adam Boqvist in the second half.