Apparently, Godzilla isn't finished rising yet. Another methodical, confidence-building win for the Islanders, who shook off a fluky Oilers goal and a sluggish start to tie in the first via John Tavares, then grab the lead and insurance on two goals by ... Brendan Witt?
When you win with unlikely scoring like that, I don't know whether it's a sign that things or going right or things are just outright bizarre. But this much can't be denied: For the fourth game in a row, the Islanders took what was given them, didn't panic when things were tight (whether when trailing or when entering the 3rd with a lead), and have developed -- dare we say it? -- a swagger. I didn't expect a loss against a struggling, ailing Oilers team tonight, but to see the win so clinically achieved still had me double-checking my meds.
The islanders have now won four in a row. Their 15 points put them -- and the rest of the Atlantic -- in playoff territory. Is this real life? Could Witter crack a smile when asked about his goals? Is a bear Catholic?
Outshot 'em 37-23, won the faceoff battle again 32-22 (though multiple PPs help), drew penalties in the third by taking the play to the Oilers. Basically, instead of our instinctive fear of blowing a third-period lead, in the last two games the Islanders have come out and dominated a weakened opponent in the final frame. That's what you're supposed to do, but the reality is it's news that the successor to the 2008-09 Islanders has just done it without flinching.
[Video highlights after the jump] I'll add to this one in the morning, incorporating your thoughts. But for now, do not adjust your TV: Islanders win, baby!
Not too shabby, eh?