The New York Islanders have now won four games in a row. All it took was overtime and Barry Trotz blowing a gasket to get the win.
Going for four-in-a-row for the first time since January 18th, 2019 the New York Islanders rolled into Columbus. The Blue Jackets were also rolling into town after playing against the Chicago Blackhawks, in Chicago, the night before. A game that needed overtime to find a winner.
This was Columbus’s third back-to-back of the season. In a year that’s only three weeks old, that bodes well for the Islanders. A solid effort should put them in a position to win.
For the first time in what seems like a lifetime, the New York Islanders played a strong first period. Instead of ending the first period behind a goal they left the first period against the Blue Jackets ahead by a goal.
got everything going with an incredible solo effort for his fourth goal in his last four games. This whole shoot-more Barzal is something I can get used to.
Eight minutes later
pops in his first goal of the season thanks to some nice hustle and a good play from winger
to get the puck on net and then into the open slot for Dal Colle.
It feels good to have the narrative flipped on the Islanders first period.
The Islanders have been typically poor in the first but typically bounce back and have a strong second period. Perhaps, now that they had a good first period they’ll be able to combine that with a usually strong second period.
For periods of time, the Blue Jackets dominated possession and kept the Islanders locked into their own zone. One particular passage of play had five Islanders on the ice for three full minutes.
Boone Jenner would hit in a bad rebound that popped out off of Greiss’s glove to tie the game up at two.
There wasn’t a goal in the third period for either side but they’d manage to get 28 shots on net between both teams.
There was one point of drama though. Halfway through the third period, the Islanders were looking particularly terrible and Barry Trotz called a time out to let his players have it.
Trotz’s seemed to have an impact as the Islanders found their way back into the game, but couldn’t find the net.
Want to see a perfect 3on3 overtime period? This one is definitely it. It only lasted 33 seconds, but from the opening faceoff to the time Brock Nelson scored the Islanders controlled the puck.
Brock Nelson continues his terrific form to start the season with his fourth goal in the month of October. Long may October continue.
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1. Brock Nelson: 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Brocktober is alive and strong. Nelson now has six points in his last five games. Nelson is once again one of the New York Islanders better players.
2. Anthony Beauvillier: 2 Assists
What a start to the season Anthony Beauvillier is having. He didn’t have a single point in his first 16 games last year, with two tonight he’s now got six in eight games. Putting him on pace for 62 points.
3. Mathew Barzal: 1 Goal
Just another typical game from Mathew Barzal. With yet another goal, barzal now has four goals in his last three games. He also has ten shots in those three games. I’m loving this new ‘shoot-more’ Barzal.