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.
The @NYIslanders are the first team in NHL history to win back-to-back games, after trailing by multiple goals in the last seven minutes of the third period in each game. #Isles— Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) November 20, 2019
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.
- 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:
This Derick Brassard quote is a vibe. pic.twitter.com/1IS18hr5OY— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 20, 2019
- Butch and Brendan on the key moments (What a play by Anthony Beauvillier on the winner!):
.@brendanmburke and @91Butch react to another night of late game heroics from the @NYIslanders pic.twitter.com/xdY7fRkgIr— Isles on MSG Plus (@IslesMSGN) November 20, 2019
- 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:
"It's very hard in this league to have individual success and and have team success at the same time. I think when you give up a bit of yourself for the team, you end up having pretty good team success."— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) November 15, 2019
Barry Trotz on why his @NYIslanders are soaring. #NHLNow pic.twitter.com/ZDYkvuR3Kd
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:
Pat Maroon finally receives his Stanley Cup ring. Chills. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/GETXs7i8tY— Gateway Grinders (@gatewaygrinders) November 20, 2019