Oh baby, oh baby. We swept the home and home with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and have moved into a tie for first place. The New York Islanders are in first place in the Metropolitan Division. It’s only 20 games into the season, but these Isles are for real. Yell it from the rooftops! Shout it for everyone to hear! The New York Islanders are for real!
Hey Kyle, are you excited about being in first?
The Barn was going ballistic on Saturday night. It was the loudest I’ve seen the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in years. It was an absolutely awesome scene. Chanting things like “Princess Crosby” and “First Place” throughout the night. Just an all around rumpus scene.
Let’s start with the hero of the weekend, Mr. Matty Martin. Syd must be giving him that good loving!
I don’t know what to say about Matty Martin. The guy is an absolute plug for the first 18 games of the season, then comes up and scores two of the most important goals of the Islanders season. Martin broke the ice for the Isles in Saturday’s game, netting the first goal off of assists from Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas. Two goals and a fight over the weekend made him the spark that caused this home and home sweep.
Speaking of fights…
Travis Hamonic threw fists with Steve Downie. Hamonic lost but he showed heart and we love him and he spends time with the kids so we’ll give him the pass.
And guess who had another goal on Saturday night?
That’s right! This guy! My man Brock Nelson continues his dominance of the NHL. He’s 7th in the league in goals scored. He’s 23 years old. He’s just getting started. He’s the newest hockey heartthrob.
You had to know that the captain was going to get involved in the action.
He got himself a nice little slump buster late in the game on Saturday off of assists by Johnny Boychuk and Nikolay Kulemin. He hasn’t even been playing well, and the Isles have still won 8 of their last 9. Just picture what we can do when he heats up. Oh boy.
And of course, Jaroslav Halak was fantastic in goal.
He gave up an early goal, but was completely impenetrable after that. He took the Penguins out of the game. It was fun to watch.
Train rolls on tonight vs the Flyers. Let’s make it 9 of 10.