The New York Islanders won a sloppy contest over the Arizona Coyotes by a score of 5-3. Their Captain John Tavares had a hat-trick in the win.
It wasn’t the start the New York Islanders were hoping for. After Anders Lee took a tripping call, Anthony Duclair gave the Coyotes their first lead of the night. Surprisingly, although the Coyotes are without a win, they often score first in their contests.
The rest of the period wasn’t all too great for the Isles either. They were outshot 14-6 in the period and looked completely dead against the worst team in the league.
The Isles looked much better in period two. John Tavares tied the game at one 3:41 into the period, and then gave the Islanders the lead towards the end of the period.
Tavares looked to be channeling his inner Anders Lee right there getting down low to the “dirty areas” in order to clean up the mess. Also worth noting Jordan Eberle had a couple of assists on the first two Tavares goals.
The lead only lasted 1:32 Into the final frame. Mario Kempe beat Jaroslav Halak on a real soft goal and once again we were tied up in Brooklyn.
Nearly three minutes later, the Isles four percent power play took the ice. Luckily Brock Nelson was able to deliver a rare power-play goal.
That was Brock’s fifth goal on the season, and as Mitch pointed out he’s on pace for 55 points. But, once again, the lead was short-lived.
Nick Cousins scored his first of the year tying the game up at three with just over half a period remaining. The captain would go back to work.
Another redirect from John Tavares. After a slow start to the year, it was pretty sweet to see Tavares break out of his shell a little bit and start producing like we know he’s capable of. The top line is starting to look like a real force, even with the goalless Jordan Eberle.
Scott Mayfield added the fifth goal for the Isles as they would hang on to win by a score of 5-3. It wasn’t pretty, but the Islanders have a winning streak.