Islanders Anthony Beauvillier MVP Of The Series
By Matt O'Leary
In the Islanders 3-1 series win over the Florida Panthers, Anthony Beauvillier was by far the best player on the ice.
“Have Fun” is what Anthony Beauvillier writes on his stick and it’s fair to say that Beau was having fun in this series for the New York Islanders. Heading into the season, Anthony Beauvillier was a huge question mark.
In 2018-2019, he had just 28 points, and the strong finish to the 2017-2018 season seemed like a distant memory. Yes, at times he would show flashes but it wasn’t until this year where he began to put it together.
In the regular season, Beauvillier had 39 points and 18 goals in 68 games. Over a full season, that’s a pace of 47 points and 22 goals, a much more consistent effort over the 2019-2020 season for the Isles.
The playoffs, or qualifying round, was really Beau’s coming out party. In the four games that it took the Isles to advance, Beauvillier had five points (3 goals, 2 assists). In the series clincher, he was dominant in the first period.
This first goal today was absolutely insane. He just put the puck on net, without looking, as Sergei Bobrovsky suspected Josh Bailey went behind the puck with the net. He would get another one from Mat Barzal before the end of the period as well.
Barry Trotz relief heavily on Beau today, playing him over 17 minutes, as he averaged 16:59 in the first three games of the series as well.
While for a majority of the series, Mat Barzal (the consensus best player) and Anders Lee (the captain) were quiet, Anthony Beauvillier took the reigns and was just downright phenomenal for Trotz and the Islanders.
The Isles are usually driven by the fourth line or the Barzal line, but in this series, the second line was by far the best. Anthony Beauvillier was the catalyst on the line and was able to get Bailey and Brock elevated.
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Now, the Islanders wait to see who they play from the round-robin. Hopefully, the hot streak for Beau carries over into the next round.