After an embarrassing performance on Friday night, the New York Islanders were able to bounce back and beat the best team in the West.
The New York Islanders looked lost on Friday night. There was no question that the Islanders needed a fast start tonight to get them on track and that’s exactly what they got thanks to their captain.
John Tavares netted his 13th goal of the season 3:51 into the game giving the Isles an early lead. Tavares was held off the scoresheet against Edmonton and Dallas so it was good to see him get things started early, a sign of a good leader.
Casey Cizikas followed with a goal, his fourth of the season, coming at the 10:07 mark. Shortly after Cizikas beat Allen, Jordan Eberle did as well giving the Isles an impressive 3-0 lead.
Eberle’s got six goals, and 13 points on the season now. Wondering how Ryan Strome is doing? He’s got two goals and five points on the season. Edmonton fans continue to kick themselves at the thought of Eberle for Strome straight up.
It’s still very early in the trade, but this is looking like one of Garth’s best moves as General Manager.
The Islanders went to the dressing room up three goals and confidence was flowing. The Isles struck again in the second period. This time it was Josh Ho-Sang who made his presence felt in his first game back from his AHL banishment.
Ho-Sang has played seven games this year and he’s got five points in those games. This emergency call-up better turn into a permanent call up real quick.
Brayden Schenn got the Blues on the board with his fifth goal of the year. As the second period was winding down Thomas Greiss made a fantastic save.
The effort from Greisser was unmatched. He ended up letting in two goals but he made so many monster saves stopping 35 of 37 shots on goal. In a night where the Islanders offense exploded Greiss was the biggest star.
Anders Lee would add his ninth goal of the season before it was all said and done and the Islanders went on to win the game by a score of 5-2.
We learned that Josh Ho-Sang can be productive in the lineup. We learned that Greiss is still capable of putting up a huge performance when called upon, and also Jordan Eberle can be productive apart from John Tavares.
The Islanders next game comes on Thursday night in Brooklyn. They will take on the Carolina Hurricanes who are currently 6-5-4.