Image Credit: NY Islanders

Image Credit: NY Islanders

The New York Islanders, after a horrendous home stand, have patched two hard wins in a row following their 3-0 shutout of Florida on Sunday.

The hopes for a promising season have been reignited. Led by John Tavares game winning goal with just under five minutes remaining, the Islanders won 3-2 over the home town Washington Capitals.

This victory has brought the Islanders back to even with a 15-15-3 record. As a result they currently stand with 33 points, two behind the New York Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Last night the Islanders played as complete a game as we have seen this season. It has come as no surprise as the Islanders have been excellent on the road to the tune of a 9-4-1 record. “It was a big road win, and a great way to start the road trip.” center John Tavares said.

They jumped ahead of the Capitals 2-0 on goals by their offensive defenseman Michael Grabner (his 11th) and Josh Bailey, who tallied his fifth goal by snapping the puck into the upper left hand corner with precision past Braden Holtby .

The Islanders continued to make good chances and goalie Evgeni Nabokov was on his game. However the lapses cost New York as the second period reached its mid mark, Mike Ribeiro moved slowly from one end to the other, eluding a couple players and finally undressing Marty Reasoner to bang one in at point blank range. John Carlson slapped one from long range as Evgeni was sliding from one side of his goal to the other to make it 2-2.

This is the area of the game the Islanders have struggled with often this year. The final twenty minutes saw the game remain tied until Washington defenseman Mike Green was stripped of the puck by Matt Moulson on the left side of the goal net then got it under control and one timed it to John Tavares, who popped it into the upper corner to put the Islanders ahead for good. It was the team leading 20th goal and 35th point of the season for John. The assist was Moulson’s 100th.

The win was quite significant but John cautioned. “It’s great, but the focus has to be on the next one. It’s one game at a time, and we need as many wins as we can get here.” Next stop, the Philadelphia Flyers, with the Devils and Penguins following on a trip that will test the mettle of this emerging team.

About Luis Vásquez

A ten year veteran in the field of freelance writing and editing. Among the publications he has written for is Defining TrendsMagazine, and NYC Sporting News. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for Ultimate Athlete Magazine.

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