With two more goals in yesterday’s win, Jordan Eberle continued his dominance in the playoffs for the Islanders.
At one point in his career, Jordan Eberle was considered a poor playoff performer. Before joining the Islanders Eberle was with the Oilers for seven seasons. During his time there they made the playoffs just once, in 2016-2017.
In 13 games, Eberle was held without a goal and had just two assists during the playoffs. After the season the Oilers moved on from Eberle trading him for Ryan Strome straight up.
The reputation for not performing in the playoffs never made the trip from Edmonton. Last year, Eberle was dominant for the Isles putting up a goal in each game of the Penguins series. In eight games between the two series, Eberle finished with nine points.
Through the first game and a period, the Islanders’ top line was a little on the quiet side. They didn’t get much out of Lee – Barzal – Eberle. That changed in the final minutes of period two yesterday.
This goal would give the Islanders a 3-2 lead before the end of period two. What I like about this goal is that every player on the line played a role. First, Barzal picks up the secondary assist on the goal sending it to Pulock before Eberle buried it.
With Lee, he was doing some serious work down low in front of the net there. He was able to keep Matheson out of the way by essentially boxing him out. Of course, Eberle deserves a majority of the praise for showing patience on this goal.
Eberle would get one more on the power play in the third as Beauvillier sent one off Eberle’s shin guard and into the net.
In 10 career playoff games for the Islanders, Eb’s has six goals and 11 points. That narrative that he isn’t good in the playoffs can be thrown out the window as Eberle joins Ray Ferraro, Pierre Turgeon, Mike Bossy, and Pat Flatley for most goals in their first 10 games of the playoffs with the Islanders.
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If we can get Lee a goal then I’d feel much more confident in that line but for now, they seem to have come alive thanks to Jordan Eberle and his continued playoff heroics.