The New York Islanders needed a big bounce back game after losing to Calgary on Sunday. They traveled to Edmonton to play the Oilers. The Oilers sit in second place in the Pacific division with 78 points.
The Islanders are in the thick of the playoff hunt and need points. One thing they absolutely can not do is string losses together at this point in the season. The Islanders were up to the challenge and beat the Oilers 4-1. It was an impressive and much needed win for the Isles. What might be even more impressive is the fact they were able to keep current NHL point leader, Connor McDavid off the score sheet.
Thomas Greiss played a strong game in net stopping 27 of 28 shots. The Isles also played a strong offensive game. They took a 2-1 lead into the third period and were able to extend it to 3-1 just over seven minutes into the period with Andrew Ladd’s 18th goal of the year. Anders Lee scored two goals on the night including the empty netter that made the game 4-1. The most exciting moment for Islander fans was when Josh Ho-Sang opened the scoring in the game with his first career goal towards the end of the first period.
According to Isles statistician, Eric Hornick, the Islanders have been able to avoid consecutive regulation losses for over 30 games. This has been huge as they have been able to steadily climb the Eastern Conference standings.
— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) March 8, 2017
This stat also speaks to the resiliency of the Islanders this season. The Isles have been able to answer after a bad loss, especially since Doug Weight was named interim head coach. Down the stretch it will be imperative to get points in as many games as possible, and by not stringing losses together the Islanders have been able to put themselves into the driver seat for a wild card birth.