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Islanders power play scores twice in three minutes (Highlights)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders (2nd from left) celebrates his power-play goal at 13:35 of the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders (2nd from left) celebrates his power-play goal at 13:35 of the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders power play has been a point of contention for two years now. But against the New York Rangers, the Isles power play was incredibly efficient.

The New York Islanders power play has been awful for a while now. In 2018-19, they finished near the bottom of the league with a 14.5 percent efficiency on the man advantage (ranked 29th), scoring 33 goals on 227 opportunities.

This year, things are going better with an 18 percent efficiency before taking on the Rangers at MSG for the third time in two weeks. But over the 14 games leading up to Tuesday’s game, the Islanders have only two power-play goals, on 27 opportunities.

It

Two for Two

But against the Rangers, the Islanders were able to notch two power-play goals in a game for the first time since December 21. A full month. Before that stretch, the Islanders were converting on 22 percent efficiency. Between December 22 and January 20 the Isles efficiency dropped by four percent by converting only twice on 29 chances.

Thankfully, against the Rangers, they’ve started to turn that around.

First, it was

Josh Bailey

to get one to go. Rookie blueliner

Noah Dobson

walks the line before firing one down the middle of the ice and Josh Bailey gets a good stick on it to redirect it through

Alexandar Georgiev

.

Something the Islanders haven’t been doing on the man advantage is getting pucks towards the net. Often they hold on to the puck too long and allow the defenders to block any and all shooting lanes.

Three minutes later (exactly three minutes later),

Anthony Beauvillier

scores his 13th goal of the year with a wicked shot from the high slot.

That opening was created thanks to some decisive and direct passing. Again, something the Islanders haven’t been able to do of late.

After opening up a lane for Beau, number 18 comes in and rips a shot to the toy department. Just a pure sniper’s goal from Anthony Beauvillier who’s heating up at the moment. Over his last five games, Beauvillier has six points.

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With playoff hockey being the objective, the Islanders power play needs to be better. Hopefully, this is more than just a blip and represents what the Isles power play can be going forward.

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