After trailing by two goals twice in this game, the New York Islanders comeback to win 5-4 in overtime to extend their point streak to 15.
This. Team. What can you possibly say about the New York Islanders as they comeback on two separate occasions in order to not only extend their point streak but to also win the game.
In the first period, it wasn’t the best of starts for the Islanders. It appeared like they allowed a short-handed goal but it was eventually called back for offside, keeping the game scoreless. Unfortunately, scoreless didn’t last too much longer.
Bryan Rust, who has been unbelievable for Pittsburgh in the absence of Sidney Crosby, scored his seventh goal of the year to get the Penguins on the board. Just five minutes later, Brandon Tanev made it a two-goal lead. After one period of play, the Isles trailed 2-0 on the scoreboard.
I’m not quite sure what Barry Trotz said in the dressing room in-between period but whatever he said worked because the Isles came out flying in the second. Anthony Beauvillier scored his fifth goal in the last three games in order to cut the lead to 2-1.
Beau has been on fire, and it’s not just with the scoring. He’s played a much more well-rounded game this year and has been a key piece to the Isles second line which has been great this year.
Speaking of the second line, just three minutes later in the period Brock Nelson netted his fifth of the year to tie this game up. Suddenly, we had ourselves a contest.
Although as the period was winding down, Brandon Tanev was able to score on a wrap-around off of Adam Pelech’s skate and into the net to give Pittsburgh the lead once again.
The third period started with a brutal Mat Barzal penalty. It’s a play that just can’t happen, which set up Jake Guentzel for his 10th goal of the year and the Penguins second power play goal on the night.
The Isles turned up the pressure after this goal. At the 15:41 mark of the period, Josh Bailey netted his seventh on the season to make it a one-goal game. Then, with an empty net and 1:32 to left in the game, Ryan Pulock tied it up once again.
Unreal. This team just has no quit. In the third period, they were able to get 17 shots on goal. 17! Talk about a push when your team needs one. It was also the second time in the game that the Isles overcame a two-goal deficit.
In overtime, the Islanders did their usual game of keep away and it worked to perfection. The Penguins didn’t register a shot on net in overtime, while the Islanders registered five in 2:55. This was what happened on the final shot:
In their last 15 games, the New York Islanders are 14-0-1. I’m running out of adjectives to use when describing this team. Every single night this team comes to play, and they have 29 out of 30 points in their last 15 games. Unreal.
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Winners: Brock Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier, Nick Leddy
Losers: Mathew Barzal, Adam Pelech, Semyon Varlamov