For the second day in a row New York Islanders captain Anders Lee had a multi-point game, pushing his team to a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes.
This was going to be a tough game for the New York Islanders as yet again they chased the other team around the ice. The Islanders have only out shot opponents twice so far in this short season.
And the Carolina Hurricanes are one of the best teams in the league when it comes to dominating in the shots department. The last time these two teams met on opening night the Hurricanes held a 26 shot advantage.
The Islanders weren’t going to be able to play the Hurricanes game. They’d have to slow the game down, play smart, and take their opportunities when they presented themselves.
Possession Ain’t Everything
The first opportunity for the Islanders presented itself as Jordan Staal goes to the box after hooking Johnny Boychuk. A full nine-seconds later Anders Lee buries his fourth of the year for the 1-0 lead.
The first frame would end with the New York Islanders in the lead by one, but behind in shots 12 to 5 , and with 36 percent of the possession.
Teuvo Teravainen would level things off within a minute of the second period after some sloppy play by the Islanders. With the way the Hurricanes control the play, being tied with a ton of hockey to play is worrisome.
But the Islanders would stick to their plan and would be rewarded at the 14:35 minute mark as Ryan Pulock, with a beautiful feed from Anders Lee, scores his of the season.
The second period would end with the Isles down 31-14 in shots and 39 percent of the possession. But again, they held a 2-1 lead.
The third period would see Thomas Greiss stand tall and stop all nine shots he faced to get the Islanders their second win in a row in a divisional back-to-back. The Isles would end the game down 39-20 in shots and with only 38.71 percent of possession.
The New York Islanders now have eleven points on the season. No opinions are changing on the Islanders. But if they can keep this up they might just end up surprising people like they said they would.
1. Anders Lee: 1G, 1A
The captain does it again. Not only is he putting up goals hes the dish-master general as well. With his eleven points in ten games Lee is on a point-per-game pace. Do we dare to dream that’s possible?
2. Thomas Greiss: 0.974SV%, 1GA
What a game by the German netminder. Again he faced a ton of rubber from the Hurricanes and stood tall to keep his team in the contest. Greiss stopped 38 of 39 shots to take four points from an available four on the road.
3. Josh Bailey: 2A
Josh Bailey is still a point-per-game player. With two points against the Hurricanes he now has eleven points in ten games. JT who?
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The New York Islanders remain on the road as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. A third win would be outstanding.