It’s been a good go against the Boston Bruins for the New York Islanders of late. That 3-0-0 record on the season and a 7-2 win in the last game must have the B’s burning to get one on the top team in the East.
The expectation was for a battered and bruised Boston team to come out swinging. A win for the Isles could keep their winning streak, point streak, home unbeaten run (in regulation) going, and keep creating some distance with the rest of the division.
New York Islanders take two points in shootout win
Special Team Specialist
Brock Nelson is finally hitting a stride when it comes to goal scoring at 5on5 with two against the Sabres on Sunday, but he’s been something else on the power play with five on the season already. That’s the most in his career since a ten PPG season all the way back in 2014-15.
Brock is shooting at a 31.25% efficiency on the man-advantage, that’s going to cool off at some point. That point wasn’t tonight, with Nelson getting the only goal in regulation for the Islanders.
That’s six power-play goals on the season for Nelson who has six in his two previous seasons combined. Clearly, the Isles have tapped into something in Nelson that has been dormant for years. Looking at his stats it’s probably getting more pucks on the net.
Nelson had 16 PP shots going into the game. He hasn’t had 40 or more since that 10 PPG season in 2014-15. With one shot on the PP today, Nelson is at 17 on the season, a pace of 37 on this short year.
If you look at the stats sheets you’ll see that Oliver Wahlstrom has four penalty minutes and a single shot on goal. He must have played poorly! If you watched, you’ll know that’s not true.
Unfortunately, Wahlstrom fell victim to some poor officiating twice. First, it was this phantom boarding call (no boards were involved in the play), then it was a two-minute penalty hitting Charlie Coyle as he fell to the ice in this play.
Both calls should not have stood, but sadly that’s not how things work for Oliver Wahlstrom who was actually quite effective tonight on and off the puck.
Shootout Game Winner
The last shootout we lamented about how inept the Isles looked. This time two of their three shooters scored with Jordan Eberle getting the opener and Anthony Beauvillier getting the extra point with a pretty backhand into the toy department.
The Isles are now 4-0-0 against the Bruins this season, establish a six-game winning streak, a nine-game points streak, and continue their unbeaten streak (in regulation) at home.
With the win, they now sit with 36 points on the year and two points clear at the top of the East.
Anthony Beauvillier (shootout goal): What a shootout goal to win the game from Beau.
Brock Nelson (1G, 2SOG): Nelson is getting things done on the PP yet again.
David Pastrnak (1G, 5SOG): Lucky goal, but you don’t score if you get pucks on the net.
Brad Marchand (1A, 4PIM): Marchand was out there doing dark-arts Marchand things today, enough said.
Officiating: Oliver Wahlstrom’s stats sheet took a hit today because of poor officiating.
5on5 play: No goals at 5on5 for either team both teams were clearly in playoff mode.