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New York Islanders Five Reasons They Won The First Round

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 16: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal during the first period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on April 16, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 16: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal during the first period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on April 16, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 17: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period at the Pepsi Center on December 17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Confidence

Confidence is a funny thing. When you don’t have it you don’t know when you’ll ever get it again. But when you got it, you exude it. Just look at Jordan Eberle.

During the season the former first-round pick couldn’t buy a goal. He’d end the season with 37 points. A career low for Eberle (if you exclude the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season).

But after scoring a few goals to end the regular season, Jordan Eberle entered the playoffs with confidence. Within two minutes of game one, he found himself alone on Matt Murray and stuffed the puck under the two-time Stanley Cup champion to score his first ever playoff goal.

Fast forward to game three. Jordan Eberle works the puck down low and leaves it for Mathew Barzal. In a search for some space in the offensive zone he peels off and goes behind Matt Murray’s net. That’s when he spots Ryan Pulock with the puck at the point.

Now, watch how Jordan signals to Pulock from behind the net. Eberle isn’t in position yet, but he soon will be. Once in position, Pulock feeds him the puck and Eberle puts in past Matt Murray for his third of the series.

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January Eberle wouldn’t have called for that play. By then he was still trying to buy a goal. Now in the playoffs, it seems that everything Jordan Eberle does turns into a goal. He’s “dripping” with confidence at the moment, confidence that’s absolutely contagious to the rest of his teammates.

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