Mar 10, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Islanders forwardFrans Nielsen
(51) celebrates a goal by forwardMatt Martin
(17) against during the third period at Rogers Arena. The New York Islanders won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
It’s safe to say the majority of Islanders fans who headed to bed before the end of last night’s game woke up to shocking news. Not only did the Islanders come from behind after heading into the third period down 3-0, but they also matched a the club high for goals in a single period. A high scoring game which included a comeback is a nice change for the team and fans alike after the recent blown leads everyone is all too familiar with.
What’s been a major weakness and point of discussion for the entirety of this season is the lack of secondary scoring. Tonight’s game demonstrated that this is a team capable of doing so on a nightly basis. Leading the scoring efforts has been Anders Lee, who has been a very pleasant surprise since his debut on February 27th. Scoring 5 goals since rejoining the team, Lee’s presence has certainly been felt and is making a strong case for a permanent spot on the roster come next season.
The Isles have a three day break before they return home to take on the San Jose Sharks on Friday. They can still use these remaining games to develop the young talent of Ryan Strome and Anders Lee, while hopefully surprising some teams along the way, maybe even playing the upset card for teams making a playoff push.
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Around the NHL
New York Islanders 7, Vancouver Canucks 4
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Dallas Stars postponed after Dallas’ Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Washington Capitals 2
Nashville Predators 4 (OT), Ottawa Senators 3
Phoenix Coyotes 4 (SO), Tampa Bay Lightning 3
Colorado Avalanche 3 (OT), Winnipeg Jets 2
Los Angeles Kings 3, Calgary Flames 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Anaheim Ducks 1
Across the Sound
After an overtime loss to the IceCaps in St. John’s, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers take on the Manchester Monarchs on the road on Friday at 7PM.