The New York Islanders were able to score three unanswered goals for the comeback win over the Los Angeles Kings. They’re now 4 points up in the Metropolitan.
After an emotional shootout loss last night, the New York Islanders were back in action today taking on the Los Angeles Kings. It was 11 days since the Kings last played, but it certainly didn’t look like it.
The Isles jumped out to an early lead thanks to Casey Cizikas. Zeeker scored off the Johnny Boychuk shot on net that bounced right back to him. Unfortunately for the Isles, that lead didn’t last long.
Just 1:58 later, Anze Kopitar was able to beat Robin Lehner for his 15th goal of the season. The Isles would get a chance on the power play later in the period to get the lead but fell short and the score was tied at one after one.
In the second period, there were no goals for either side. Both teams had their chances, and both had power-play opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net as both Jonathan Quick and Robin Lehner looked good early.
In the third, it looked to be much of the same. Would this one be another low scoring contest that would be decided in a shootout God forbid?
That is until Ilya Kovalchuk got a shot bounce off his foot that beat Robin Lehner. Lehner really had no shot on this one as it was a deflection that slid through five-hole as he was moving to get the original shot.
The Kings lead only lasted 31 seconds as Mathew Barzal showed off his clutch skills for his 15th of the season.
It looked like a game the Isles were about to sleepwalk through. That is until the youngster put his team on his back and tied this sucker up just seconds later. This was the spark the Islanders needed.
Michael Dal Colle, who was sent down to the AHL during the All-Star break was able to give the Islanders their first lead since the first period.
MDC, who has been practicing his deflections all week netted his second career goal and it couldn’t have come in a bigger spot. Brock Nelson would add an empty net goal for good measure and the Isles would go on to win 4-2.
New York’s lead in the Metropolitan Division is now up to four points with the win tonight, as the Isles continue to roll. They are 6-0-2 in their last eight games.