The Islanders beat the Sharks to solidify their playoff spot

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and an assist, Ilya Sorokin stopped 29 shots to earn his 25th win of the season, and the New York Islanders beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Saturday night.

Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Pulock and Zach Paris also scored for the Islanders. Pierre Engvall extended his point streak to four games with the help of Pulock’s goal.

Kevin Labance scored his 12th goal of the season for the Sharks and Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves in his 17th loss of the season.

Labance gave the Sharks the lead 7:31 into the first half when he beat blocker Sorokin with a nice crossbar goal.

Pageau scored his 12th of the season with a shorthanded jumper to tie the game with 3:52 left in the first. Erik Karlsson beat the San Jose defense in front of the goal and clipped his own hand to beat Kahkonen.

Palmieri gave the Isles a 2-1 lead at 2:18 of the second with a nice deflection off Scott Mayfield’s point shot. It was Palmieri’s 12th.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who had a goal and an assist, puts a shot past goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen as the Islanders beat the Sharks 4-1.USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders capitalized on their fourth power play of the night as Pulock took a one-timer after the puck came off the boards and beat Kahkon with a layup at 5:24 of the half. It was Pulock’s fourth.

Paris deflected Alexander Romanov’s shot at 5:19 of the third. Paris now has 18 goals this season.

Ilya Sorokin, who made 29 saves, threw water in the Islanders' face in a 4-1 win over the Sharks.Ilya Sorokin, who made 29 saves, threw water in the Islanders’ face in a 4-1 win over the Sharks.NHLI via Getty Images

Sharks goaltender James Reimer refused to participate in warmups as San Jose hosted its annual pride night. Reimer and the Sharks released statements regarding the goaltender’s decision not to wear the rainbow pride jersey.

“In this particular instance, I am choosing not to accept something that is contrary to my personal beliefs, which are based on the Bible, the supreme authority in my life,” Reimer’s statement read.

The San Jose Sharks stated that they will continue to support the LGBTQIA+ community, but that they support each player’s right to express their beliefs.

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