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Last night, our Islanders began their 6 game road trip on a good note defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 5-3. Here are some of my notes from the game:
-Congrats to Calvin de Haan on his first NHL goal. He has been a welcomed surprise this year with his for the most sound defensive play. If this continues, it would appear as though he will have a spot on the Islanders blue line for many years assuming he can stay healthy.
-Another power play goal for the team tonight gives them 9 in the last 5 games which is the most in the NHL in that time frame. Who thought we would be saying that?
-The first line continues to produce! Coming into the game last night, they had 72 points in the last 22 games. Last night, Kyle Okposo managed to get a goal in his return to the lineup. Meanwhile, Thomas Vanek managed to get two assists bringing his point streak to 10 games which is the longest of his career. After his five point game on Monday, John Tavares put up another 3 assists last night giving his 16 points in his last 7 games. He is now tied with Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks for second in the NHL in points.
-Kevin Poulin gave the team a chance to win which is all you can ask from him.
You couldn't have asked for a better way to start the trip then a win like this. Especially after Monday's big win, a win in this game was crucial to attempt to build momentum. If the Islanders are able to put a little stretch together here, things could get interesting coming out of the Olympic break.
Next Game: Friday 9PM @ Colorado