Sorokin made nine saves in the first, 17 in the second and 23 more in the third for his second shutout this season and the 12th of his career.
“It was a good game for us. Those guys are very dangerous,” Sorokin said, referring to high-scoring Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. ”I don’t think much about how many shots.”
The Islanders denied three Edmonton power-play chances in the third as the 27-year-old Sorokin improved to 9-5-0.
“Three kills against them was huge,” Clutterbuck added.
The Islanders were coming off a 2-1 overtime win Monday at Toronto. The Oilers lost their previous game, 5-2 at New Jersey on Monday.
The Islanders outshot the Oilers 12-9 in the first, though Edmonton didn’t record a shot on goal until 13 minutes into the period. Sorokin’s best save was a dazzling right pad stop on Zach Hyman at the 16:58 mark to keep the game scoreless.
Sorokin also denied Hyman from in close early in the third and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with a snazzy glove stop with just under eight minutes remaining.
Campbell, who took a puck to the face on the bench during Monday’s loss in New Jersey, made 28 saves in defeat.
“I thought he gave us a chance to win tonight and made some good saves when called upon,” Woodcroft said. ”I’m impressed with Jack Campbell and that level of stick-to-it-iveness and refusing to let a puck to the nose take a start away from him.”
The Islanders are 13-2-0 this season when they score at least three goals.
NOTES: The Islanders, who improved to 13-6-0, did not reach 13 wins last season until Jan. 18. … Islanders forward Simon Holmstrom made his NHL debut after Kyle Palmieri was a late scratch with an upper-body injury. Holmstrom, a first-round draft pick in 2019, was recalled from Bridgeport and skated on a line with Barzal and Wahlstrom. … New York also scratched defenseman Robin Salo and forward Ross Johnston. … The Oilers scratched defenseman Ryan Murray and forwards Devin Shore and Kailer Yamamoto. … The teams meet again Jan. 5 in Edmonton. … Islanders defensemen have scored an NHL-leading 17 goals.
Oilers: Visit the Rangers on Saturday afternoon to complete a three-game trip to the New York area.
Islanders: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
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