The Islanders put together their best offensive showing of the season with eight goals after an embarrassing effort against the Rangers last night.
What a difference 24 hours can make. Don’t get it twisted, beating up on the worst team in the league doesn’t mean all the New York Islanders‘ problems are solved but boy was it fun to forget about things for two and a half hours.
The Islanders got the scoring going early again, with Jordan Eberle netting his sixth of the year at the 3:23 mark of the period. Eberle now has three goals in his last four games and is looking like the offensive player the Islanders were hoping for when they extended him.
Just seconds later, Josh Bailey who hasn’t scored in what feels like years (five weeks to be exact) broke through with his ninth of the season:
Brock Nelson would net his 17th on the season to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead which chased Jimmy Howard from the game after he allowed three goals on seven shots for a .571 save percentage.
Filip Hornek would get one back for the Red Wings, somehow beating Thomas Greiss. It was an extremely ugly goal that I don’t want to show in here because we are celebrating the Islanders offense tonight with positive vibes only.
The captain, Anders Lee would add one more before the end of the period making it a 4-1 game. In the second, Brock Nelson would net his second of the game at the 1:59 mark followed up by Noah Dobson’s first career NHL goal just seconds later:
Was it pretty? Nope, but who cares. A goal is a goal and Noah Dobson seems to be finding his stride in the past couple of games.
Oh, you thought the Islanders were done at 6-1? Nope. Anthony Beauvillier, who also hasn’t scored in a century (The OT winner vs Buffalo in December was his last goal) was able to find the back of the net for his 11th on the season giving the Isles the touchdown and extra point.
If tonight couldn’t get any weirder, Leo Komarov, who hasn’t scored a goal in the regular season since January of 2019 netted maybe the easiest goal of his career.
I was cackling at this point. Leo Komarov literally almost went a calendar year without a goal in the regular season and this was the one that ended the streak, unreal!
Givani Smith would deflect one past Thomas Greiss to make it 8-2 and finally, after 10 goals we came to a close. The New York Islanders only had 26 shots but were efficient enough to score on eight of them.
Yes, this team has it’s flaws still but this was fun, and a much better effort than last night.
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Winners: Brock Nelson, Leo Komarov, Noah Dobson
Losers: Jimmy Howard, Calvin Pickard, Mike Green