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Plus/Minus: New York Islanders 5, Carolina Hurricanes 3 - Brock and Boychuk

Our immediate post-game reaction, in various forms.

All 20 guys goin'.
All 20 guys goin'.

The New York Islanders looked a little rough early, mostly impressed throughout, and leaked a couple of goals late in a convincing season-opening 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh.

Newcomer Johnny Boychuk opened scoring, Mikhail Grabovski also got on the board, and rising youngster Brock Nelson had a four-point night. Jaroslav Halak kept things even early in the first and made things comfortable as they built the lead.

It's one game. An injury-weakened opponent (but so are the Isles...). Nonetheless, this one game did nothing to undermine increased expectations for the club. Here is your thread for quick post-game reactions.

Game Data: Box | Game Sum | Event Sum | Fancy: Natural Stat Trick - |


  • Great to see Johnny Boychuk's powerplay bombs from the point...
  • ... I sure hope he doesn't kill Brock Nelson though.
  • Fun to see the Thomas Hickey - Travis Hamonic pairing. Given the age of Lubomir Visnovsky and the healthy history of him and Calvin de Haan, that pairing might as well get to know each other.
  • After blaming the goaltending as Deficit #1 all last year, it would be easy for me to cite Jaroslav Halak after the first win. Still: Let's talk about the goaltending. He was fortunate on a few that he truly wouldn't have "had a chance on," but he also made several big stops that were simply superlative. He was finally beaten on a crazy deflection early in the third.
  • That goal came on a power play, after a penalty by John Tavares at the end of the second period.
  • Tavares, continuing to show a new, tougher leaf, explained to Shannon Hogan No Relation: "[Gleason]'s been running around, and he took a late shot at Conacher there. So, just letting 'em know we're not going anywhere."


+ Seriously though, it's great to have composed, flexible goaltending.

- Feels nice to be greedy, or upset, about letting in two goals, much less three.

+ Power play. Good plays. Johnny Boychuk.

- Penalty kill conceded twice.

+ Brock Nelson, called the best player in camp, busting out four points in the first game.

- Otherwise sloppy first period. But Halak held the fort, and the PP broke free.

+ Griffin Reinhart, nothing flash. Steady debut.

Battle Level Chart

  • Hahd: Johnny Boychuk's shot, Brock Nelson's knee, Johnny T. on Gleason.
  • Smaht: Johnny T's sick pass to Nelson. Halak's positioning in goalmouth scrambles.
  • Passengers: We had all 20 guys goin'. Even Chad.
  • Warriors: Look at Josh Bailey (5) throwin hits like Matt Martin (7) and Cal Clutterbuck (4).
  • Overall Battle Level: Scoreboard, boys. Let's get to the plane and do it again tomorra.