Saturday, January 11, 2014

Grabner's OT Winner Gives Isles 6th Straight Road Win

 photo by robthehockeyguy

Tonight, our Islanders continued their stretch of resurgent road play by defeating the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 2-1 in overtime on a goal by Islanders forward Michael Grabner.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-After the just awful stretch Grabner had its nice to see him finally starting to come around.  For Grabner's as well as the teams sake I hope this continues.

-While Grabner is beginning to find his game again, someone who is continuing to fail out there is Josh Bailey.  I don't know what it is with him but he was invisible for a majority of tonight's game.

-Someone who is beginning to break onto the scene is Brock Nelson.  He had a great individual effort tonight on what led to his second goal in as many games.  He continues to get fully comfortable at this level.

-The pairing on Donovan and Hickey had their struggles tonight.  Matt Donovan got burned a bit on the lone Colorado goal tonight.  However, with MacKinnon's speed I am not sure there is much he could've done.

-Nice to get a win when the first line doesn't register a point.

This was the first time we won this year when we didn't register at least three goals.  If this is a sign of the tide of the season changing it couldn't have come soon enough for the Islanders as they look to battle back into the playoff picture.

Next Game: Sunday 6PM @ Dallas

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