We're all feeling blue because the New York Islanders season is basically over and the rest of the season is essentially meaningless.
So in an attempt to give us something fun to at least think about, here's a look at five of the best goals scored by the New York Islanders through the first half (plus) of the 2021-22 regular season.
New York Islanders top 5 goals so far in 2021-22
Scott Mayfield to Adam Pelech
When you think of a defenseman setting up another fellow defenseman you're probably imagining that the goal in question was scored on a slap shot from the point. Right? You wouldn't think of a d-man setting up his blueline partner as he drives the center lane and then dekes the goalie with a deft backhand.
That's what happened between Scott Mayfield and Adam Pelech on February 1 against the Senators:
Ross Johnston Skate to Tape
Ross Johnston has shown on occasion that he's more than just a 6'5" pummeler. Sure, he's really good at that part of the game. But he's shown that he can do more than that. Like on this occasion against the Minnesota Wild when he sets himself up with this beauty skate-to-tape pass before he fires a shot through the keeper for his first goal of the year.
Scott Mayfield's Long Bomb Pass to Parise
There's nothing much better than a crazy long bomb pass that connects. Either in football or in hockey. That's why Scott Mayfield's long pass to Zach Parise against the Toronto Maple Leafs makes this list.
Parise does a great job corralling that pass and then scoring the goal, but Mayfield gets a ton of credit for making that pass in such a way that Parise doesn't have to fight it to score.
Cal Clutterbuck goes solo
Coast-to-coast goals always get fans out of their seats. And this one from Cal Clutterbuck against the Detroit Red Wings did just that. At least for me.
The Islanders grinder goes the distance (pretty much) making Filip Zadina - who isn't a defenseman - look like a pilon before stuffing it around Alex Nedelkjovic. The fact that this was a shorthanded goal makes it way better
-Cal Clutterbuck (probably)
Oliver Wahlstrom's soft hands
Just watch as Wahlstrom absolutely undresses Filip Gustafsson here. Just silky smooth mitts from the Islanders youngster on this goal. What else can I say?