03/10/2022 vs the Columbus Blue Jackets
This was one of the Islanders' most dominant wins of the season. It felt a lot like we were watching the 2020-21 team that went seven games in the Eastern Conference Final. You might be thinking, "well that was Columbus' fifth loss of six in a row." And although that is true, it wasn't often the Islanders turned in performances like this one.
The Islanders turned in an overall 60% CF%, 74.07% HDCF%, and a ridiculous 81.49% xGF%. It was a dominant 60-minute performance en route to a 6-0 victory over the Jackets. Anders Lee had an outstanding game already coming off a multi-goal performance, his 29th career multi-goal game, against the Colorado Avalance three nights prior. On March 10th, Lee turned in his first career hat-trick scoring the third goal on the power play with two seconds left on the clock.
"You always feel good when you score a goal but it’s kind of a mixture of finding your spots, your looks. Sometimes the puck just finds you. You put yourself in a position to get a good bounce and just a couple nights in a row of getting those bounces and putting yourself in the right position."- Anders Lee
It was the beginning of a dominant month for Lee where he tallied 11 goals and 20 points. Whenever the Islanders captain is firing on all cylinders, the Islanders seem to follow suit and it's no surprise that the Islanders commanded the full 60 minutes with Lee controlling the ice on every one of his shifts. This performance was absolutely one of the best games of the season, but again, falls just short of qualifying for the best game of the season.
(Sorry @WalshMike. Two of your three suggestions are great and could even be in their top five best performances, but they're not on this list.)