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Tonight, the Islanders got their season started off right as they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 5-3. Here are some of my notes from the game:
-Brock Nelson was in total beast mode tonight. For what many people are saying could be a breakout year for him, he sure started it off like one.
-I can't say enough about Johnny Boychuks shot, boy is it impressive. I can see him being a fan favorite this season.
-Halak didn't have a fantastic game, but he wasn't bad at all.
-Good to see Tavares come up with a multi point night as well.
-The power play in general was pretty impressive. If they are able to keep up even a semblance of this effectiveness, it will go a long way toward the team potentially making the playoffs this season.
-It must've been nice for Grabovski to get the first goal out of the way in game one, it was a nice shot to. Nice setup from Ryan Strome on that play as well.
-Considering it was his NHL debut Reinhart looked pretty solid out there. I'm excited to see what the future holds for him.
A win out of the gate is always nice. While the third period wasn't perfect, it was definitely a step up from past years. Instead of getting flustered and nervous when Carolina scored their early goal, the team kept up and put a few more on the board to cushion the lead. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come as the season progresses.
Next Game: Tomorrow Night @ Home Vs Carolina