The New York Islanders have now won ten games in a row with a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators thanks to a huge contribution from the bottom six.
Good teams find a way, and the New York Islanders keep finding a way to win. On Tuesday, the New York Islanders picked up their tenth win in a row with a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. This one comes thanks to five points from their bottom six players.
With ten wins, the 2019-20 Islanders now have the second-longest streak in franchise history. Only a 15 game winning streak from the 1981-82 season is longer than the one they’re currently on.
The scoreline after one doesn’t tell the true story. It may have been tied at one goal each, but the Islanders were the dominant team in the first. The Isles led in shots 10-8, in CF% with 69.7 percent, in scoring chances with 77.78 percent, and high-danger chances with – also – 77.78 percent.
(Stats thanks to NaturalStatTrick)
It was about as one-way traffic as you can get. Except for the fact that the Islanders gave up the first goal of the game on their own power play.
But, less than a minute later the Islanders hemmed the Senators in their own end and eventually put the puck in the back of the net thanks to Cal Clutterbuck.
Cal Clutterbuck hasn’t scored since February 23, 2019. It must feel good to get back on the scoreboard.
The Islanders dominated the period the rest of the way. Wave after wave of Islanders forecheckers crashed the Sens deeper and deeper into their own zone.
Just to hammer that point home, Ross Johnston ended the first period with 3:40 of ice-time. Johnston typically gets just under seven minutes in an entire game.
If not for Senators goalie Craig Anderson, this game would have easily been 3-1 for the home team after 20 minutes.
The only thing that mattered in the second period is the only thing that happened.
scored his first career NHL goal.
There isn’t a better way to get your first NHL goal then on a penalty shot. Everyone in the arena is watching and in this case, he had the game on his stick. And he buried it.
That goal makes Cole Bardreau only the seventh player in NHL history to score their first NHL goal on the power play. How about that for making a lasting impression in the NHL.
That goal would eventually be the game-winner. Your first NHL goal was on a penalty shot and was the game-winner? Wild.
With a 1-0 win over the Sabres a few days ago, it was conceivable that the Islanders would just shut down the game and win it 2-1. Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas had other plans.
On the penalty kill, the duo found themselves 2-on-1 and made no mistake with Cizikas burying the one-timer. Thank Vladislav Namestnikov for the momentary lapse of judgment that led to the 2-on-1.
would score his sixth goal of the season. To put that into context, Bailey scores 16 goals in 82 games last season. That’s almost 40 percent of his goals in 17 percent of the season.
And that was it. The Islanders won their tenth game in a row. Something the Islanders haven’t done for 37 years. Celebrate. Do it loud. And do it proud.
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1. Casey Cizikas: 1 Goal, 1 Assist
His line was the best line out there for both teams. They set the tone, they established the forecheck and even added some production. Oh, and he was dominant in the faceoff circle with a 76 percent win rate.
2. Cole Bardreau: 1 Goal (Game Winner)
First NHL goal, on a penalty shot, and ended up being the game-winner. After all the major injuries that have stunted Cole Bardreau’s career and he comes up to do this, incredible.
3. Cal Clutterbuck: 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Just like Cizikas, Clutterbuck was incredible on the night. Two points for Clutterbuck who was on his game tonight.