Sorokin stops 39, Islanders beat Blackhawks 4-1 for 1st win
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While the Islanders searched for their game, Ilya Sorokin bought some time for the rest of his team.
More than enough for New York to pick up its first win.


Sorokin made 39 saves and Oliver Wahlstrom scored twice in the third period, helping the Islanders beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Tuesday night.

"A step in the right direction, for sure," forward Cal Clutterbuck said.

Clutterbuck and Anthony Beauvillier also scored as New York improved to 1-2-0 on its opening 13-game road trip. The Islanders don't play their first home game at the new UBS Arena until Nov. 20.

Chicago outplayed New York for long stretches in its home opener, but remained winless during a sluggish 0-3-1 start. Coach Jeremy Colliton was booed by the crowd during pregame introductions, and there were more boos as the Islanders pulled away in the third.

"It's not as if we didn't generate enough chances. We did," Colliton said, "and I thought defensively we were much better.

"So if we play that game over and over again, and certainly the first two periods, we play that game over and over again the results will tilt our way."

MacKenzie Entwistle scored for Chicago with 26 seconds left, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 stops.

The Blackhawks have been outscored 17-8 this season. They haven't led in any of their four games.

"It's frustrating, no doubt," captain Jonathan Toews said. "But whenever you…
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