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New York Islanders Tenacious 3-2 Win Over Minnesota Wild: Highlights, 3 Stars

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 30: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders rest during a break in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 30, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - APRIL 30: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders rest during a break in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 30, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 08: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders scores a powerplay goal at 14:34 of the second period against the San Jose Sharks at the Barclays Center on October 08, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Highlight of the Night

It took eleven games and 25 opportunities for the New York Islanders to score a power-play goal. That’s a four percent efficiency for those who were asking.

And the Islanders aren’t the worst power play in the NHL this season. Both the Montreal Canadiens (13.0 percent) and the Nashville Predators (11.9 percent) are worse than the Isles.

At the 16:12 mark of the second period, captain Anders Lee scores the Islanders first power play goal since February 21st against the Edmonton Oilers.

Get pucks to the net, it’s power play 101. Direct pucks towards the net and you’ll be rewarded. It sounds easy. It sounds basic, but for the last ten games, the Islanders haven’t been doing it.

Often content to simply cycle the puck around the offensive zone, the Islanders never generate much offensively when they have a numerical advantage.

This time, Devon Toews who’s taken Nick Leddy’s spot on the top power-play unit directs a shot towards the Wild goal. It wasn’t a particularly hard shot, which served Anders Lee perfectly well.

Posted upfront Lee was able to get enough wood on it to have it bounce off Stalock and flutter into the Wild net.

Ideally, this means that the power play floodgates open. But there’s a reason the Isles hold the third worst power play efficiency in the league. They don’t consistently convert their chances on the power play.

But I’m trying to stay positive. Hopefully, the Islanders power play has turned a corner. (Although I have no confidence with this opinion.)

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