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New York Islanders Top 5 Highlights Matt Martin Lays the Body, Twice

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 10: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders looks on after losing to the New York Rangers 2-1 during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 10, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 10: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders looks on after losing to the New York Rangers 2-1 during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 10, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 31: David Savard #58 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is hit by Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders during the second period at the Barclays Center on March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 31: David Savard #58 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is hit by Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders during the second period at the Barclays Center on March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

4. Martin Tells Svechnikov to Sit

We all know that Matt Martin likes to play a more physical game. Martin is routinely at the top of the standings in terms of hits in the league. He’s a real-life battering ram.

Carolina Hurricanes second overall pick from the 2018 NHL draft got a first-hand education into Matt Martin’s style of play on Tuesday.

As the puck is played down low in the New York Islanders end, it breaks for Andrei Svechnikov. The rookie with eleven goals to his name though gleefully that he had a chance to get the puck on net. As he tries to corral the puck Svechnikov kept his head down. Big mistake.

Matt Martin does what any good defender would do, separate the attacker from the puck.

There isn’t much better than a huge clean hit. It gets the players into the game, and it gets the crowd up and out of their seats.

Matt Martin’s hit here was the perfect example of that. He leads with the shoulder, connects with Svechnikov square in the chest, and he doesn’t leave his feet. A textbook bodycheck.

Svechnikov goes down after being cleanly separated from the puck in a dangerous area. The Islanders are then able to exit the zone with the puck on their sticks and start an attack of their own. Again, textbook.

He might be playing fourth line minutes but Matt Martin and his line mates are hugely important to the New York Islanders.

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