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New York Islanders Bounce Back With Win Over Penguins (Highlights)

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Ryan Pulock
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Ryan Pulock /

The New York Islanders just won their second game of the Month with an impressive 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The New York Islanders have been darn near unwatchable for the past two months. But tonight, they gave us a very competitive game against a good team, heading to the playoffs.

Obviously, it’s too late for moral victories with this team, it’s already a lost season. Tonight’s game showed off what the Islanders can be, keyword being can, with competent play in net and a better defensive effort.

Mathew Barzal got the scoring going for the New York Islanders with his 20th of the season. One of the biggest criticisms of Barzal was his scoring, or lack thereof when he was coming into the league. Clearly, he’s proven any doubters wrong at this point we’re just waiting for the Calder ceremony we know it’s going to be him who wins it.

Barzal wasn’t the only one who found the back of the net. Adam Pelech released an absolute bomb of a shot to give the Islanders a two-goal lead in the first.

The Islanders escaped the period with a two-goal lead despite giving up 15 shots in the first frame.

In the second there was just one lone goal and it came from Conor Sheary. That was the one blemish on Chris Gibson’s night. Other than that he stopped 36-of-37 shots with a .973 save percentage.

The Islanders would add two more in the third period. One from Anders Lee (36) and an empty-netter from Jordan Eberle (25) to put this sucker to bed.

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This was arguably the best the Islanders have looked in months. The issue is it comes too little too late for this team as they’re still at the bottom of the Metro.