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Islanders: 5 highlights that define Leo Komarov’s time with Isles

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 31: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders fends off the Boston Bruins during the second period in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 31, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 31: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders fends off the Boston Bruins during the second period in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 31, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ONTARIO – AUGUST 29: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 29, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Snipes

Again, Leo Komarov wasn’t the most productive Islander over his four-year stint. His 0.29 points-per-game is the pace of a 24 point player. His goal scoring was even lower, his 11 goals in 164 games with the Isles is a pace of 0.65 goals-per-game, roughly five a year.

The goals weren’t pouring in for Leo Komarov, and that’s fine. Komarov wasn’t brought in to light the lamp so to speak. On the odd occasion when he did put the puck in the back of the net, he could remind you that even some of the lower-tier NHL players are still good hockey players.

Watch this goal from this past April. That was Leo’s only goal that year, and of course, it came against the Rangers and it was a nice snipe by the Finnish forward.

Nice cross-slot pass from Jordan Eberle by the way, but how about that shot from Leo Komarov? He doesn’t blast it with everything he’s got (which might have sent the puck just about anywhere), he controls the shot with a snap, sending it far side on Igor Shesterkin who’s hoping beyond hope that Leo doesn’t get his first and only goal of the year on him.

Again I know and you know that Leo wasn’t Alex Ovechkin out there for the Islanders. He had a role and he played it well, but he still had some skill as evidenced by this play.

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