Sorokin makes 39 saves, Islanders defeat Blackhawks for first win


CHICAGO — Ilya Sorokin made 39 saves to help the New York Islanders to their first win of the season, 4-1 against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday.

Oliver Wahlstrom scored two goals for the Islanders (1-2-0), who lost their previous two games.

Sorokin lost his shutout when MacKenzie Entwistle scored with 26 seconds remaining.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals in the third period and finished with 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who are still seeking their first win (0-3-1).

Sorokin made 18 saves in the first period, including two point-blank chances for Alex DeBrincat.

Anthony Beauvillier gave New York a 1-0 lead at 4:08 of the second period when he collected a loose puck behind the net and pushed it past Fleury for an unassisted goal. It was Beauvillier’s first of the season.

Chicago’s best chances in the second period came while shorthanded after Seth Jones was penalized for hooking at 17:54. Sorokin made a save against Entwistle as he skated in from the left side, then against DeBrincat on a breakaway with 1:01 left in the period.

Wahlstrom made it 2-0 48 seconds into the third period when he took advantage of a turnover by Henrik Borgstrom in the Blackhawks zone. Wahlstrom collected the puck and eluded a diving Jake McCabe before shooting past Fleury.

Wahlstrom scored again at 8:51 when he took a cross-ice pass from Jean-Gabriel Pageau and shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle.

Cal Clutterbuck scored unassisted at 11:06 to make it 4-0.

The Islanders were without forward Anders Lee because of an illness that is not COVID-19 related.

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