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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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Jakub Zboril #67 of the Boston Bruins attempts to move Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Jakub Zboril #67 of the Boston Bruins attempts to move Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Little Things

I’ve mentioned it before, but Leo was brought in not to give this team top-six offense but some of those intangibles that only Leo Komarov can bring. His contributions to the team weren’t always obvious, but they were there.

It was the little things that Leo Komarov did, on and off the ice that made him a valuable teammate. If it meant getting in the dirty area he was there, if it meant standing in front of the goal while a piece of vulcanized rubber was hurled at him at nearly 100 mph he’d do it.

And sometimes all he could do was give his teammates a push in the right direction. Sometimes quite literally.

Was that push from Komarov enough to give Jean-Gabriel Pageau the separation he needed from an oncoming Brad Marchand? Who knows. But it certainly didn’t hurt. Leo didn’t get an assist on that play and I don’t think he cared, he tried to help his teammate in the only way he could. Even if it may not have actually helped all that much. Just like a Christmas gift, it’s the thought that counts.

Good luck in Russia Leo Komarov.

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