It is over. It is all over. The New York Islanders losing streak is FINALLY over after 11 straight losses. The signs were there, with three straight overtime losses, but they finally were able to get over the hump tonight in Ottawa.
It didn't start the way they were hoping for. The first period was an absolute snooze. The Islanders generated just three shots on net and Ottawa honestly didn't look too hot either. At the end, we were blessed with one monster Ilya Sorokin save but other than that it was a rather boring period.
Just 3:00 into the second period, Anders Lee got the Islanders on the board.
Just Anders Lee doing Anders Lee things. Josh Bailey picked up the primary assist on it and Scott Mayfield got the secondary. Speaking of Scott Mayfield, man is he just unbelievably frustrating.
Mayfield took a high sticking penalty where he got Josh Norris in the mouth with his stick. It was a double minor and in fitting fashion, Norris tied the game up at one. Just unacceptable from Mayfield there.
Luckily, the Isles didn't let that lose them momentum. Oliver Wahlstrom , who we know has a beauty of a shot decided to go to the backhand to get the job done this time and it was pretty.
The Isles weren't done by the way. The Captain would add his second of the game this time being there to clean up the Mathew Barzal rebound and getting it past Filip Gustavsson. The Islanders missed Lee when he was gone, nobody else serves that net front presence like he does and with his second goal of the game he's now up to six on the season.
A two goal lead wasn't satisfactory enough for Barry Trotz's team. Kieffer Bellows ripped home his first of the year assisted by Austin Czarnik and Oliver Wahlstrom to make it a three goal game. Bellows hasn't gotten much playing time this year, or over the past few years honestly, but it was good to see him find the back of the net.
Noah Dobson, who's been playing really good hockey, caught an unlucky break just moments later. Nick Holden threw one in front of the net and Dobson, who was in good position, had it go off his skate and in.
JG Pageau wanted to get in on the fun in his former home barn. Right off the faceoff he went to the front of the net and Pageau was there for the rebound. It's not rocket science folks, pucks on net and get the rebound.
It couldn't end on a high note though, the Islanders allowed yet another short handed goal as Alex Formenton made the Islanders pay off a turnover. The number of shorthanded goals the Isles have allowed this year is truly staggering.
But that's not the story. The New York Islanders are back in the win column with a 5-3 win over Ottawa, and by the way they have a four-game point streak now. Are the Islanders back? We'll find out on Thursday as they head home to take on the Nashville Predators