Setting the tone, finishing strong in season-finale
After the Islanders received help from the Chicago Blackhawks when they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins the previous, the team once again owned their destiny and could punch their ticket to the post-season with a win over the Montreal Canadiens in the regular season finale.
Your best players need to perform when it matters the most, and that's exactly what Brock Nelson did on this night. Nelson scored at 10:26 of the first period to open the scoring when he snapped a wrist shot through a screen to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.
"Everyone was ready right from puck drop and fans were engaged," Nelson said. "They were loud the whole time, especially there at the end when the horn went off, so we're excited. We definitely wanted to get some playoff action in this building.
Leading 2-1 in the second, Nelson scored again, this time tipping in a Noah Dobson shot from the point to give the Islanders a cushion with a 3-2 lead. For Nelson, it was goal no. 36 on the season. That, combined with his 39 assists, gave him a career-high in points this season.