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New York Islanders: Brock Nelson Ended His Goalless Streak

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders hits the ice during the second period against the Boston Bruins at the Barclays Center on January 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders hits the ice during the second period against the Boston Bruins at the Barclays Center on January 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Brock Nelson ended his 17 game goal drought with a goal in the New York Islanders 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

It’s no secret that we get on the 26-year old New York Islanders forward. During his 17 games without a goal, he was read the riot act time and time again from us and other New York Islanders fans.

His last goal came on December 11, 2017, against the Washington Capitals. Christmas came and went, Ryan Secrest froze his butt off and the ball dropped, HQ Trivia came in and then out of style, basically it’s been a while since Brock Nelson found the back of the net.

Then, last night, it finally happened:

It wasn’t pretty, he didn’t put his wrist shot on display he effectively cleaned up the mess in front. But a goal is a goal and the Brock Nelson goal tracker ended at 55 periods and change.

It was fun while it lasted. Of course, we root for the Islanders and want them to win and hope all the Islanders play to the best of their ability but what started out as a crazy start turned into a running joke. At the end of each period, we would tweet how many periods the counter was up to.

I think it stemmed from our frustration with Brock. He should be a 30 goal scorer in this league, and someone with his talent going 17 games in a row without a goal is just preposterous.

But I’ll give credit when credit is due, Brock had his best game of the season. Besides that goal, he also notched his first three-point night of the season. In fact, the last time Brock had three points in a game was the last game of the year vs Ottawa.

Does this mean Brock is back? And of course, back I mean a two-week run where he looks competent followed by another hibernation period.

I’m not sold on it just yet, that’s why I only bumped him up one notch on the hibernation scale after last night’s performance.

It depends on how he plays the next couple of nights. Right now, last night’s the outlier in an otherwise abysmal season. It probably doesn’t help that he’s going to be playing with Johnston and Quine.

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We’ll see what happens against Arizona on Monday. For now, let us celebrate this joyous time of Brock Nelson showing us that he has a pulse.

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