Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Islanders’ Josh Bailey comes up big despite diminished role

It would be easy for Josh Bailey to complain.

The 33-year-old, just a few games into the season, was a healthy scratch — moving his 1,000th game from a home date against the Rangers to a road game.

His role has largely been diminished, with Bailey sometimes finding himself on the fourth line.

In the first period on Tuesday, he played just 0:44 at even strength.

Whether those decisions are justified or not, Bailey has the status to throw a tantrum.

He’s third in franchise history in games played, top five in assists, top 15 in goals.

His number might eventually be retired.

Instead, here he was in the dressing room on Tuesday after scoring a crucial goal and netting the game-winning assist in the Islanders’ biggest win of the season, 3-2 over the Sabres, joking about how he hadn’t heard fans sing his goal song so loud “since the Coli.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey scores in the Islanders’ 3-2 win over the Sabres.
Getty Images

There’s a reason Bailey wears an “A” on his uniform and is so well-liked in the dressing room. This is why.

“Yeah it’s different,” he admitted, regarding his role. “I think at the same time, you’re just trying to stay focused and in the game and ready for when your number’s called. That’s really just been my mindset. When your number’s called, make sure you’re ready and give it my best.”

That was what Bailey did on Tuesday, jumping onto a loose puck for a backhand goal 1:51 into the third to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead.

After the Sabres tied it, he blindly shot a puck from the point, hoping it would hit something.

It went off Hudson Fasching’s knee and into the goal for a 3-2 lead, the initial call being confirmed after a review.

“I wasn’t aiming for anything,” Bailey said. “Just a quick shot tip from the point, You’re just trying to hopefully get it on net. You hope for some good bounces too.”

This performance is unlikely to change his role. And it’s unlikely Bailey will care about that.

“You can’t say enough about him,” coach Lane Lambert said. “And it’s just his character. It’s his personality and it’s his character. He’s a quality character individual who comes to work, no matter what.

“And sometimes maybe it’s not exactly what he’s looking for or he wants but at the end of the day, he just comes out and does his job. At the end of the day, full respect for him and I’m glad that he was rewarded.”

Though Jean-Gabriel Pageau was a practice participant on Monday, he did not play Tuesday as Otto Koivula continued to center the fourth line.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Lambert described Pageau as day-to-day and did not say whether he would travel to Pittsburgh for Thursday’s game.

By: Ny Post



You May Also Like


Britney Spears and Sam Asghari are still going strong despite being seen without their wedding rings recently, Page Six has exclusively learned. The actor’s...


(Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for The LA Promise Fund’s “Hello Future” Summit) OAN Geraldyn BerryUPDATED 10:54 AM – Friday, March 31, 2023 Democrat...


Paige Spiranac is reflecting on life experiences as she enters the next decade of her life. In a video posted Thursday on her YouTube...


(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) OAN Roy FrancisUPDATED 9:30 AM – Friday, March 31, 2023 Turkey’s parliament approved Finland’s NATO application on Thursday, making...


Vivid Seats is the New York Post’s official ticketing partner. We may receive revenue from this partnership for sharing this content and/or when you...


Murder Mystery 2 (now on Netflix) finds Adam Sandler, after inspired roles in Uncut Gems and Hustle, back to his old formula: Making heedless...


To provide the best experiences, we use technologies like cookies to store and/or access device information. Consenting to these technologies will allow us to...


Commercial content. 21+. Sports betting is officially live in Massachusetts and residents in the Bay State can use the FanDuel Massachusetts promo code that...