The New York Islanders were able to dig themselves out of an early 2-0 hole to win 5-4 vs. the Winnipeg Jets.
With five games to go on the season every single one of them is going to be must-win for the New York Islanders. After losing 4-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, next up was a date with the Winnipeg Jets on the road.
But even though the Jets played a good game, and put the Islanders to the sword incredibly early in the game, the Isles stuck with it to pull out the win.
And we all have Casey Cizikas and his 20th goal of the season to thank.
If anyone tuned out during the Columbus game probably turned this one off immediately. A full 13 seconds into the game the Winnipeg Jets jump to a 1-0 lead.
The Isles got caught just unaware of where the Jets were and just didn’t see Adam Lowry coming in late to bank it in from the far side.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Adam Lowry would make it 2-0 6:11 into the second period.
It was getting ridiculous now. The Isles were down 2-0 and the game had barely even started. Until Jordan Eberle got it to Mathew Barzal who was going down Main street and scored his first goal since February 16th.
It’s about time Mathew Barzal scores a goal. The Islanders have been waiting for their best player to take over. It’s only one goal, but it’s a start.
Brandon Tanev made it 3-1 within 3:46 of the second period after both Cizikas and Clutterbuck broke their stick on the same shift. Earlier in the month that would have been enough to sink the Islanders.
Even a goal within 13 seconds would have been enough to kill off a game against the Islanders earlier in the month. Today was different less than two minutes later Ander Lee scored. On the power play.
That was the Islanders first power-play goal since March 17th. At 3-2 the Islanders still had half the game to mount a comeback.
Mark Scheifele makes it 4-2 within six minutes of the third period on the power play. For some reason, the Isles chose to leave the point unchallenged to focus on collapsing in the slot. That didn’t work. Scheifele was able to redirect a shot from the slot surrounded by Islanders defenders.
And somehow, the Islanders would come back into the game. A minute later Jordan Eberle would score to bring the Islanders deficit to within a single goal.
Then captain clutch, Casey Cizikas finds the back of the net for his 20th goal of the season and to level to score at four.
The New York Islanders weren’t done! Thirty-three seconds after the Cizikas goal Jordan Eberle would score his second goal of the game to take both points with a 5-4 win.
The Islanders have had a hard time getting back into a game recently, but in this one, they stuck to the program and dug themselves out of a hole. Remarkable.
Where has this New York Islanders team been over the last few weeks? They’re playing a full 60, scoring on the power play, and getting into the middle of the ice.
Its everything we’ve been calling for a long time. Long may it last.