NELSON vs PITTSBURGH 11/21
On the night of November 21st, the Islanders hosted the Penguins, at the Barclays Center, in the second game of a home and home series.
Going into that night, the blue and orange were tied for the franchise record point streak (15 games) and were looking to set the new record.
This game was just like the two previous times these two teams met before. Both previous meetings between the Isles and Pens before this game went into overtime, with Pittsburgh winning on November 7th and the Islanders winning in overtime, two nights prior.
The Islanders and Penguins traded goals in the first and second and took the ice for the third period tied 2-2.
The third period was a stalemate until Brock Nelson scored a powerplay goal to give the Islanders the lead with less than 5-minutes remaining.
Pittsburgh pushed to find an equalizer for the rest of the third and pulled the goalie with one minute remaining in the game.
Regulation ended tied 3-3 and that was enough to give the 2019-2020 Islanders the new franchise record point streak at 16 games.
But, the blue and orange wanted to cap this historic night with a win against their rivals.
The Isles and Pens traded chances for most of overtime and many fans thought this game was headed for a shootout.
With less than a minute remaining in overtime, the Penguins walked in and missed a shot that rung around the glass and Mathew Barzal picked up the loose puck and accelerated down the middle of the ice and this is where the magic happened:
Here’s the goal:
This goal was an absolute thing of beauty and put the cap on a historic night for the 2019-2020 Islanders!