Islanders Comeback On The Back Of Kieffer Bellows
By Matt O'Leary
After starting slow, the New York Islanders were able to storm back winning 5-3 on the back of their youngster Kieffer Bellows.
This game started out about as rough as possible for the New York Islanders. In the first period, it was all Kings and they scored two weak goals. Thomas Greiss probably could’ve stopped both but they were also just complete mental lapses that led to the goals.
On the first one, Ben Hutton scored on an awful change from the Islanders. Greiss had a chance but that’s more on the change than anything. On the next one, Brock Nelson just kind of panicked and tossed the puck into the slot for Alex Iafallo.
Early in the second, Michael Dal Colle got the Islanders on the board. Johnny Boychuk blasted one from the point and MDC’s foot was in perfect positioning bringing the Islanders right back in this game.
Unfortunately for the Islanders, just a few minuted later Trevor Lewis made it a two-goal game once again. Then at 10:22 in the second, Kieffer Bellows nets his first career goal on a beauty of a feed from Anthony Beauvillier.
The third line was tremendous tonight and it was awesome to see Bellows pick up the first goal of his NHL career. More on the third line and Bellows in just a bit.
Just 23 seconds into the third Matt Martin tied up the game for the Islanders. Devon Toews threw a wrist shot on net and he was there to squeak one past Jonathan Quick.
Usually, in the third, the Brassard line goes invisible. That wasn’t the case tonight. Barry Trotz continued to throw them out there and he was rewarded with another Kieffer Bellows goal, this time from a nasty angle.
For good measure, Anders Lee would add an empty-net goal for his 17th on the season and the Islanders went on to win 5-3 over the Kings.
Bellows played hero tonight and he played 11:03 of ice time, a nice step up from his nine minutes and change from his NHL debut. The Isles are back at it on Saturday when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Winners: Kieffer Bellows, Michael Dal Colle, Derrick Brassard
Losers: Jonathan Quick, Thomas Greiss, Kurtis MacDermid