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Islanders News: 15 in a row, machine keeps churning

The Islanders mount another Pennsylvania comeback to let the good times roll.

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Twice in the last two games, as the Islanders were making franchise — and, it turns out, league — history, I found myself seeing the team trailing by multiple goals in the third period yet thinking, “This isn’t over, and no matter what they’ll make it uncomfortable for the opponent.”

When you’re riding such a streak as the Isles are on, such situations feel like house money. Sure, they probably won’t come back to win, but it should be fun to watch them try.

Except both times, they did the full thing.

That makes points in 15 consecutive games, the first time that has happened since the epic 1982 15-game win streak (which was pre-overtime/shootout era, so a little more impressive, but still).

Brock Nelson survived a Ryan Pulock shot to the head to score his second goal and the overtime winner. I am not sure I can recall the last time it’s been this fun to be an Islanders fan in November.

Islanders News

  • About last night, coming back twice from two-goal deficits to send the Penguins home unhappy: [Newsday | Isles | NHL | Happy here LHH | “It sucks” Trib Live]
  • Derick Brassard says this is special. More special than at least three Metro teams he’s been a part of:
  • Butch and Brendan on the key moments (What a play by Anthony Beauvillier on the winner!):
  • Butch and Beauvillier on the latest Newsday podcast with Andrew Gross. [Newsday]
  • The Islanders Anxiety duo enjoys their lofty ranking among podcasts in Norway, discusses the insane streak, and some short-time Islanders. [LHH Podcasts]
  • ICYMI: Travis is tracking scoring chances after different kinds of shift starts this season, and here is the first edition. [LHH]
  • The Islanders wives’ latest community service. [Isles]
  • Also ICYMI: Barry Trotz on the Islanders’ formula, which is pretty sweet:


Last night’s NHL scores had 13 games, including the Hurricanes picking up two points at the Blackhawks’ expense.

  • Tyson Barrie has had a miserable start to his Leafs career (but at least he got an assist last night as Toronto lost their sixth in a row, in Vegas). [Toronto Star]
  • The league has named the (general) Manager of the Year award after the late Jim Gregory. [NHL]
  • Seattle’s team name will surely come soon-ish, maybe. Okay 2020 sometime. [NHL]
  • Top pending UFAs and where they stand. [Sportsnet]
  • Garnet Hathaway, who must be a teammate of Tom Wilson or something, faces disciplinary hearing for spitting. [NHL]
  • As far as “guy who won Cup but is on a new team now” ceremonies go, this was rather chill and straight to the point. Nicely done for floor hockey legend Pat Maroon: