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New York Islanders Three Forwards That Need to Step Up

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 20: Brock Nelson #29 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate Nelson's goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 20, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 20: Brock Nelson #29 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate Nelson's goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 20, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 29: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Anthony Beauvillier

How many chances is he going to need before he scores a goal in round two?

In game one, Beauvillier was one of if not the best forward for the New York Islanders. His play was inspired. He was all over the Carolina defenders and getting chances because of it. He finished the games with four shots on goal. Four. But no points. Nothing.

He followed that performance up in game two with some good play again that resulted in him finding space in the Carolina end. He only got two shots on net in this game both were fine shots but his best opportunities came from shots that didn’t even hit the net.

First, there was this slot pass from Scott Mayfield that looked like a tap in for Beau; but the puck somehow goes wide. Then there’s this sitter in the slot that Beau absolutely fans on.

He’s got to bury at least one of those chances. If he does game two looks a lot different.

After the rough regular season that Anthony Beauvillier had, he needs a strong playoff performance if he’s going to redeem himself in any way. Two points versus the Penguins was a good start, but the Islanders are going to need more from him.

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He can start by getting on the score sheet in game three.

Perhaps with a Cal Clutterbuck injury that might force Barry Trotz to move Beauvillier to a line with some more attack-oriented players on either the first line with Barzal or the second line with Nelson. And maybe that’s the key to unlocking Anthony Beauvillier in the postseason.

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