The New York Islanders won their sixth game in a row over the lowly Ottawa Senators by a final score of 4-2.
After a 1-3 start, the New York Islanders are now 7-3, 10 games into the 2019-2020 season. The Islanders got their latest victory tonight on the road in Ottawa, and it wasn’t an easy one in typical Islander fashion.
Barry Trotz, before the game, decided to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. That way Noah Dobson could get into the game as well. It was certainly a risk, and it nearly cost the Islanders tonight, we’ll get into that in a bit.
The Senators were able to get on the board first, just seconds after an Anders Lee penalty expired. Tyler Ennis was able to deflect a shot past Thomas Greiss after Anthony Beauvillier failed to get the puck out of the zone.
A scary moment ensued just a few minutes after the opening goal. Tom Kuhnhackl went into the boards awkwardly and had to leave the game, getting assistance to the locker room as he wasn’t able to put any weight on his leg. The Islanders were down to 10 forwards.
The lead would be short-lived as Nick Leddy turned on the jets and went coast to coast for a goal. I swear, I went into a time machine back to 2015 watching this one:
Just over four minutes later, Nick Leddy was able to draw a penalty shot and he buried it giving the Islanders a 2-1 lead. The Islanders outshot the Senators 13-8 in the first period and carried a one-goal lead into period number three.
4:58 into period number two and it appeared Nick Leddy had a hat trick. But after further review, they credited Matt Martin with the goal. Leddy was nearly the first Isles d-man with a hatty since Denis Potvin.
The Isles, who remember were down to 10 forwards, would lose another forward for a big chunk of this game. Matt Martin awkwardly got hit into the Senators bench door, but it wasn’t closed and he went through it. He missed a large portion of the second period and only ended up playing 5:14 tonight. Essentially, the Islanders used nine forwards.
Derrick Brassard would follow up with his second goal of the year, scoring on back to back nights and the Islanders had a 4-1 lead after scoring four straight goals.
By the third period, the Islanders were dead tired and you could tell. They were playing on back to back nights and they essentially used just nine forwards.
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Tyler Ennis would add one more goal, making it 4-2 and that would end up being your final score on the night. The Islanders won their sixth in a row and now sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division.