2. Multiple Islanders Snap Pointless Streaks
With the sort of impressive run, the Islanders have been on in their last 20 games, you would think every member of the team was firing on all cylinders, especially since the loss of captain and crucial 5v5 contributor Anders Lee.
But, that wasn’t actually the case entering Saturday’s tilt at the Coliseum, as the Islanders had several key contributors who simply weren’t getting it done on the scoresheet recently. Namely, Casey Cizikas, Anthony Beauvillier, and J.G. Pageau were all riding pointless streaks dating back to early March.
Pageau, who opened the scoring with a 5v4 goal in front of the Flyer net, hadn’t registered a point since March 9, in an Islander win over the Boston Bruins. The goal snapped a four-game pointless and nine-game goalless streak for the Islanders 3C, which was tied for the longest goal drought of Pageau’s Islanders career, dating back to last regular season and the summer playoffs.
Casey Cizikas was also riding a four-game pointless streak and hadn’t scored a goal in six games, dating back to March 7 vs Buffalo. While Cizikas’s game doesn’t necessarily revolve around getting on the scoresheet, it was important for him and his linemates to have a bounce-back performance after one of their worst recent performances on Thursday. They did just that.
Finally, Anthony Beauvillier entered Saturday on a seven-game pointless and eight-game goalless streak. Beau has always been a streaky player, but as our own Matt O’Leary pointed out, he really needed to step his game up of late. Beau was moved out of his usual top-six role and played on the left-wing of J.G. Pageau and Oliver Wahlstrom on Saturday.
Beau wasn’t necessarily brilliant in his 13:52 of 5v5 TOI, but maybe scoring was what he needed to get himself out of the recent funk he’d been in. With Anders Lee out for the season, the Islanders need to rely on their top offensive producers, which Beauvillier can be when he’s playing well, will only increase. These performances from three crucial Islanders were a step in the right direction.