Finally! After losing 7 in a row, the Islanders finally got another in the W column. They needed the shoot out and a John Tavares goal to secure the 4-3 victory over the Predators, but even that didn’t seem possible until Mark Streit tied the game on the power play with just 11 seconds left in the third period.
All of the goals from the Isles actually came from the defense, with Freddy Meyer and Bruno Gervais netting the first two. Meyer’s goal came on a nice feed from Rob Schremp, who drew defenders to him before hitting a streaking Meyer with a pass. Matt Martin, who was just recalled from Bridgeport, made his NHL debut, and picked up 2 assists, including a helper on Streit’s goal. The kid did the simple things going to the net and using his size, and, for the moment, certainly earned deserved praise and excitement from the fans. Overall, it was simply a big 2 points, and a badly needed turn around for this team.
Tonight, they get right back at it with Pittsburgh. Hopefully, the Islanders do not come out flat, and they can build on the win with some added confidence and basic, hard play to surprise Sidney Crosby and company.