The New York Islanders came into the game with two losses in a row. Being outscored 9-3 the Isles offense had gone missing. In Chicago, they were absolutely lights out.
Coming into tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the New York Islanders held the second best offense with 161 goals for. Unfortunately, they have the worst defense in the league, letting up 173 goals against.
No one expected the Islanders to come out flying against the Chicago Blackhawks. And yet, that’s exactly what they did thanks to efforts from Ryan Pulock and Anthony Beauvillier.
Ryan Pulock had a single goal and four assists on the night. For the first time since Uwe Krupp, a defenseman has put up five points in a single game. It was also the first time ever that a rookie defenseman put up five points in a game.
Beauvillier on Fire
Since being called back from Bridgeport Anthony Beauvillier has five goals and a single assist in five games played. He scored two tonight, both on the power play. Beau opened the scoring for the Isles after going down by one after 61 seconds.
From there the Isles raced to a three-goal lead with a with Beauvillier capping off his scoring night with another power-play goal.
We know that the New York Islanders have one of the best offense in the league, but they’ve got the worst defense allowing 173 goals against. Not even the Coyotes are that bad (they have 168 goals against).
So, of course, the Chicago Blackhawks answered with another two goals around a Brock Nelson goal. That’s right Brock Nelson has scored a goal. Ending his 55-period goalless-streak.
Anders Lee and John Tavares added one each as the Islanders finished the rout of the Blackhawks.
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Pay Your Bills
If you weren’t watching the game you missed one of the oddest occurrences to happen in a live NHL game. Seemingly unable to contain the Islanders raw energy, the lights at the United Center just cut out less than a minute into the second period.
The New York Islanders now head to Arizona and Vegas for the remainder of this three-game road trip. They already have two points in the back with another two easily up for grabs. Getting four of a possible six is exactly what the Isles needed from this road trip.