Sorokin came off the bench to stop 19 of 24 shots in an 8-0 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 on Monday.
The game had already gotten away from the Islanders when Sorokin relieved starter Semyon Varlamov with 4:33 left in the first period and the Lightning on top 3-0. It appeared for a moment early in the second frame that Varlamov would have to re-enter the game, but Sorokin stayed between the pipes after being shaken up by a puck that hit his mask. The 25-year-old Sorokin is 4-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2.79 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Sorokin stopped all six shots he faced in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 2.
Sorokin came into the game with 6:50 left in the second period after a goalmouth collision sent starter Semyon Varlamov to the locker room with an apparent injury. The 25-year-old Sorokin looked sharp in his brief appearance but was back on the bench when Varlamov returned to start the second period. Sorokin owns a .936 postseason save percentage and would draw the Game 3 start if Varlamov is unable to go.
Sorokin yielded four goals on 39 shots in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1. The fifth goal was an empty-netter.
Sorokin was in goal for all four of the Islanders' wins versus the Penguins in the first round, but he got his first taste of playoff defeat Saturday. The Bruins nearly doubled the Islanders in shots (40-22), and Sorokin wasn't able to fend off the barrage. It's unclear how long head coach Barry Trotz will stick with the 25-year-old if he continues to struggle. A starting goalie for Monday's Game 2 hasn't been announced.
Per Andrew Gross of Newsday, Sorokin was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal on the road in Saturday's Game 1 versus Boston.
Sorokin was excellent in the Islanders' first-round series versus the Penguins, going 4-0-0 while posting an admirable 1.95 GAA and .943 save percentage. He'll attempt to extend his postseason winning streak to five games in a road matchup with a Bruins squad that averaged 3.20 goals per contest in its first-round matchup with the Capitals.
Sorokin stopped 34 of 37 shots Wednesday in a 5-3 win over the Penguins in Game 6.
Sorokin was touched up by Jeff Carter just 1:27 into the game but settled in the rest of the way, allowing the Islanders to rally from a trio of one-goal deficits. Once Sorokin took the reins from Semyon Varlamov prior to Game 4, he gave the Islanders a decisive goaltending edge over Pittsburgh's Tristan Jarry, finishing the series with a 4-0 record and a sparkling .943 save percentage that was topped during the first round only by Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck (.950).
Per Arthur Staple of The Athletic, Sorokin was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll guard the home cage in Wednesday's Game 6 versus the Penguins.
Sorokin was excellent in Games 4 and 5, picking up back-to-back wins while posting an impressive 1.28 GAA and .963 save percentage. He'll attempt to help the Islanders advance to the second round by picking up his fourth victory of the playoffs over Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Sorokin kicked out 48 of 50 shots in Monday's 3-2 double-overtime win over Pittsburgh in Game 5.
The rookie netminder was terrific once again. New York was outshot by a 50-28 margin, but the Penguins were unable to solve Sorokin from the mid-point of the second period on. Once veteran netminder Semyon Varlamov struggled in Games 2 and 3, Sorokin grabbed the reins and it doesn't appear he'll be handing them back after stopping 77 of 80 shots over the past two contests. Sorokin, who also started Game 1, owns a .951 save percentage in the series.
Sorokin will get the starting nod for Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Monday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
At least for now, Sorokin seems to have taken the starting job from Semyon Varlamov as he will be stationed between the pipes for the second straight game. The 25-year-old rookie has won both his starts this postseason, including a tremendous effort in Saturday's Game 4 win where he stopped 29 of 30 shots. Overall, he's allowed four goals on 72 shots in his two appearances during this series.
Sorokin stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh in Game 4 on Saturday.
Sorokin was closing in on his first postseason shutout when Pittsburgh's Zach Aston-Reese tapped home a rebound in the crease with 2:35 remaining. Regardless, the rookie provided a steady performance following a pair of shaky starts by veteran Semyon Varlamov in Games 2 and 3. Sorokin has logged a .944 save percentage in his two starts in the series and will almost certainly be back between the pipes for Game 5 on Monday in Pittsburgh.
Sorokin will guard the home goal during Saturday's Game 4 versus the Penguins.
Sorokin played well in his playoff debut in Sunday's Game 1 against Pittsburgh, stopping 39 of 42 shots en route to a 4-3 win, but the Islanders still decided to roll with the battle-tested vet Semyon Varlamov for Games 2 and 3, which is part of the reason New York is now down 2-1 in the series. Sorokin will try to help the Isles even up the series at two games apiece Saturday.
Sorokin turned aside 39 of 42 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh in Game 1 on Sunday.
With No. 1 netminder Semyon Varlamov (lower body) on the shelf, the rookie Sorokin drew the first playoff start of his NHL career and responded well, with 36 of his 39 stops coming at even strength. The 25-year-old went 13-6-3 during the regular season with a 2.17 GAA and .918 save percentage, and he will carry the goaltending load for the Islanders as long as Varlamov remains sidelined.
Sorokin led the Islanders onto the ice for pregame warmups and will start Game 1 against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Semyon Varlamov is out with a lower-body injury, so it'll be Sorokin who kicks things off between the pipes for the postseason. He had a fantastic rookie showing, ringing up a 2.17 GAA and .918 save percentage across 22 appearances -- which included three shutouts. Sorokin will be opposed by Tristan Jarry at the other end of the rink.
Sorokin turned aside 10 of 11 shots after replacing Semyon Varlamov (undisclosed) to begin the third period of Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins.
It was a tough way for the rookie to end the regular season, as he got saddled with the loss when Taylor Hall beat him in OT. Sorokin was brilliant at times in his NHL debut, posting a 2.17 GAA and a .918 save percentage to go along with a 13-6-3 record, and he could find himself as the No. 1 netminder for the Isles in the first round against the Penguins if whatever issue forced Varlamov from Monday's game proves to be serious.
Sorokin made 23 saves in a 5-1 win over the Devils on Saturday.
The only puck that got past him came off a one-timer from the left circle by Andreas Johnsson. Sure, it was the lowly Devils, but Sorokin looked sharp, which is just what he needs as the team heads to the postseason. He hadn't won since April 18. Semyon Varlamov has played well overall and will start this postseason, but Sorokin needs to be dialed in, just in case.
Sorokin will start Saturday's game against New Jersey, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Sorokin comes in on a three-game losing streak, so Semyon Varlamov has been the hot hand in net heading into the playoffs. The rookie will look to reverse his fortunes against a bottom-10 Devils offense (2.63 goals per game).
Sorokin turned aside 28 of 31 shots Tuesday in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Sabres.
Sorokin was sitting on a 3-1 lead late in the second period, but a pair of Anders Bjork goals forced overtime, and Bjork beat Sorokin again in the shootout for the decisive tally. The Buffalo rally extended Sorokin's winless skid to three games (0-2-1). Sorokin owns a 12-6-1 record on the year with a 2.19 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Sorokin has been named the started Tuesday in Buffalo, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
After ceding the last three games to No. 1 Semyon Varlamov, Sorokin is back between the pipes against the lowly Sabres. He's played quite well in his last four appearances, as his 2.26 GAA and .925 save percentage suggest, but he's ran into some bad luck, going just 1-3-0 over that span. He'll be opposed at the other end of the rink by Michael Houser in what will be just Houser's second career NHL start.
Sorokin stopped 32 of 33 shots Tuesday in a 1-0 loss to Washington.
Washington's Daniel Sprong walked out from the corner and beat Sorokin high glove side just 89 seconds into the game, but the Capitals didn't get a sniff after that. Unfortunately for Sorokin, the Islanders were blanked at the other end by Vitek Vanecek. Sorokin has dropped three of his last four starts to fall to 12-6-1 on the year.
Sorokin will be between the pipes Tuesday against Washington, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Sorokin has won four of his last six starts, posting solid ratios (2.26 GAA, .919 save percentage) during that span. He'll be opposed at the other end of the rink by Vitek Vanecek and face a Capitals squad that's reeled off 36 goals in its last eight games.
Sorokin made 24 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Capitals on Saturday.
It was a rough outing for the star rookie, who had never allowed six goals in an NHL game. Sorokin had allowed just eight goals in his previous five games, so consider this a blip and nothing more. He's come as advertised for most of the season.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/21||@ TB||L 0-8||5||21||26|
|06/15||@ TB||L 2-4||0||6||6|
|05/29||@ BOS||L 2-5||1||4||35||39|
|05/26||vs PIT||W 5-3||1||3||34||37|
|05/24||@ PIT||W 3-2 (2 OT)||1||2||48||50|
|05/22||vs PIT||W 4-1||1||1||29||30|
|05/16||@ PIT||W 4-3 (OT)||1||3||39||42|
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