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New York Islanders Three Stars in 3-1 Loss To Washington Capitals

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 01: Head Coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders coaches against the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 01: Head Coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders coaches against the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 01: Tom Kuhnhackl #14 of the New York Islanders celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 01: Tom Kuhnhackl #14 of the New York Islanders celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tom Kuhnhackl

Kuhnhackl hasn’t played since February 20th against the Vancouver Canucks. His role on the team is clear, he’s a depth forward that will be used infrequently.

But that doesn’t mean he’ll be allowed to rest on his laurels. Under three minutes into the game Kuhnhackl put the New York Islanders on the board.

The play looked offside, watch Leo Komarov at the bottom of the screen. But Kuhnhackl has the presence of mind to see Komarov and doesn’t touch the puck.

That simple move allows him to stay onside and for the goal to count. Capitals fans won’t be happy about it, but them’s the rules and Kuhnhackl looks pretty smart for exploiting it in real-time.

I guess Brayden Holtby thought it was offside because he hardly challenged Kuhnhackl on the play. But what a heads up play from the scratch pad warrior Kuhnhackl.

He doesn’t always get the chance but he’s making the most of his opportunities. It’s exactly what you want to see from your depth players.

Lou’s got to be grinning from ear-to-ear when Tom Kuhnhackl scores a goal. Everyone doubted the move, and Kuhnhackl does exactly what Lou wanted him to do; step into the roster every-now-and-then and contribute.

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