The boys in blue and orange were again without Travis Hamonic, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ladd, and Cal Clutterbuck, so all the young forwards we want to see every game remained in, and Poised Young Man Adam Pelech (as per an old tweet from Arthur Staple) and Scott Mayfield stayed in the lineup on defense.
As for the vocal few who asked why not Ryan Pulock instead of Adam Pelech, Pelech's play tonight was your answer. Young man is very poised.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 4, 2016
Tavares line is, uh, not faring well against the Kopitar line for LAK.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 22, 2017
Fire-wagon hockey was the name of the game for the rest of the period, the two teams exchanging dangerous chances. Kopitar was swarmed by a few Isles, but made a gorgeous pass to Gaborik, whose shot hit Berube's shoulder and the post. Chimera found himself on a breakaway and was dragged down by Forbort. Many folks, including Doug Weight and Butch Goring, thought it should have been a penalty shot. Alas, Chimera wasn't actually ready to take a shot yet, so it was only a penalty.
No matter! Ryan Strome recovered the puck in the corner opposite the draw and hit Leddy at the point. Leddy wound up and fired it on goal, and it was tipped by Anders Lee only ten seconds into the power play. 3-2 Islanders on Lee's second goal of the game, and also, stunningly, their first game in which they've scored more than one power play goal.
First #Isles game all year with more than one PPG. 6x last year, 10x in 14-15.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 22, 2017
The Kings were threatening with an empty net, but Doughty took a delay-of-game penalty, so that the Kings could only go 5-on-5 with their goalie on the bench. Weight sent out Tavares with Kulemin and Cizikas to defend against the Kings top players, and Tavares sealed the deal with an empty-net goal, giving him his eighth in five games.
No rest for the wicked, as the Islanders (winners of three straight! [?!?!?!?]) return to play tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. against the Philadelphia Flyers. Luckily, they won't have to travel - a rare back-to-back entirely at home. It's on MSG+, but it is also the NHL.tv Free Game of the Week. There's also some football tomorrow. Hopefully the New England Patriots get spanked. That's all I care about. And Doug Weight is 2-0!