For the second time this week, the point streak seemed to be over. Brock Nelson and the Islanders, down 4-2 to the Penguins with five minutes to go on Tuesday, Nov. 19, seemed as if their amazing 14-game point streak would finally come to an end.
However, the Islanders never go down without a fight.
We know how this narrative ended. The Islanders are now the first team in NHL history to win back-to-back games when trailing by multiple goals in the last seven minutes of each contest.
The game started rough for the Islanders. The Penguins took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission with goals scored by Bryan Rust on a power-play and Brandon Tanev even-strength.
But the Islanders fought back. Just 2:39 into the period, Anthony Beauvilier found the back of the net quickly followed up by Brock Nelson who scored his first of the night.
Nick Leddy assisted both goals and the game was tied at two; however, that lead disappeared when Brandon Tanev scored his second of the game and the second period ended with the Penguins up 3-2.
The third period saw the Islanders deficit quickly doubled when Jake Guentzel scored the Penguins second power-play goal of the game making the score 4-2.
At this point, the streak seemed all but over, but these Islanders never go down without a fight.
With 15:41 gone in the 3rd period, as an Islanders powerplay had just expired, Devon Toews took the puck down the ice, found Joran Eberle near the left circle, who found Josh Bailey in the slot where he found the back of the net bringing the game within one with just over four minutes to go.
The Islanders pulled Semyon Varlamov for an extra attacker with just over two minutes to go. After strong puck movement by Derick Brassard, Leddy and Ryan Pulock, Leddy fed Pulock who fired a one-timer past Matt Muarry for the game-tying goal with just over 90 seconds remaining in the game. Regulation ended in a 4-4 tie and, with the point streak secured, the Islanders were once again heading to overtime.
Brock Nelson was the hero.
After his shot was stopped by Murray, Nelson chased down his rebound which had trickled through Muarry’s legs and batted the puck into the net giving the Islanders another comeback victory. As the Islanders mobbed Nelson along the glass, it hit Islanders fans all over the world that this team is something very special.
The Islanders had matched a franchise record by scoring points in 15 straight games. The Islanders have now won 14 out of their last 15, have twenty-nine points out of a possible thirty, and have not lost in regulation since Oct. 11, 2019 against the Hurricanes.
The Islanders are the hottest team in the NHL right now and are playing like no other. The Islanders will look to continue this miraculous run against the Penguins tonight at the Barclays Center and you can use code drive4five on SeatGeek to get $20 off tickets to the game!