The Islanders finally obtained the reaction they required after the Western Meeting-worst Kings pissed off them deep into the 3rd period Saturday evening. And Mathew Barzal and his linemates played a very important part in the rally after a subpar outing restricted their ice time in the very first two intervals.
“We stored keeping with it,” Islanders mentor Barry Trotz said. “Instead of receiving discouraged, we obtained established. To me, that is a indicator of progress for us.”
With 3 goals late in the 3rd period, the Islanders extended their point streak to a season-large eight online games (6–2) with a 4-2 win before a group of 13,917, the sixth sellout in nine online games at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum. It is their longest point streak since they went 8–2 from Nov. 25-Dec. 13, 2015.
The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders (30-15-6) — now 8– in the second match of back again-to-back again sets — avoided a enormous letdown after Friday night’s 1- shootout decline to the NHL-most effective Lightning at the Coliseum.
“They’re big factors,” defenseman Johnny Boychuk said. “Every point is big. When we’re down 2-1 in the 3rd with fewer than 10 minutes still left, you’ve obtained to bear down and do the suitable points, and we obtained rewarded for it.”
Rookie Michael Dal Colle tipped defenseman Ryan Pulock’s shot from the suitable point and scored the winner at 17:37 of the 3rd period — “I have not been that excited in a long time,” Dal Colle said after his second NHL purpose — and Brock Nelson extra an empty-netter at 18:29.
Robin Lehner manufactured 34 saves for the Islanders and Jonathan Quick stopped 28 photographs for the Kings (20-27-4), who ended up playing for the very first time since Jan. 21.
Ilya Kovalchuk redirected Dustin Brown’s shot to give the Kings a 2-1 guide at 13:15 of the 3rd period, but Barzal transformed Pulock’s feed to make it 2-2 only 31 seconds later on.
“Their very first two intervals weren’t a wonderful match, in my opinion, and they responded,” Trotz said.
He believed the trio had stopped performing hard by way of the very first two intervals and ended up relying on their techniques. “The top rated players in the league have to struggle for their inches,” he said.
“They acquire the guide like that, but you have a great shift and it receives you going,” said Pulock, who had 3 assists.
Casey Cizikas manufactured it 1- at 6:09 of the very first period. He founded place just higher than the crease and made use of his skate to shift the rebound of Boychuk’s shot to his forehand.
The Islanders took eight of the game’s very first nine photographs, but Anze Kopitar redirected Alex Iafallo’s feed to the suitable put up off a two-on-just one rush to tie the score at 1 at 8:07 of the very first period.
That marked the very first five-on-five purpose the Islanders had authorized since Andy Greene’s purpose at 7:07 of the 3rd period in a 4-1 win over the Devils at the Coliseum on Jan. 17. The Islanders adopted that with shutouts over the Capitals and Ducks and authorized two electric power-enjoy goals in a 3-2 shootout decline at Chicago on Jan. 22 before their split.
Lehner, named the NHL’s second star of the month for January, ongoing his robust enjoy in the second period, particularly as he smothered Kovalchuk’s opportunity at the suitable put up at 14:17 after Quick stopped Matt Martin up ice.
Lehner could have been at his most effective in stopping 4 photographs, two by Kovalchuk, after Anders Lee was known as for tripping at 4:50 of the 3rd period.