To say Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson's Islanders careers have had their ebbs and flows is probably a nice way to put it, but now that they have been joined by Anthony Beauvillier to form a new version of the kids line (Anders Lee has since graduated to the top line), the results have been impressive, and the duo looks completely rejuvenated.
On Tuesday, with the Islanders and Capitals deadlocked at one in the third period, Beauvillier crashed the boards behind the net and forced a turnover. The 19-year-old rookie slid a centering pass in front of the net that found Nelson's backhand. Brock pulled the puck to his forehand, threaded a pass between two Capitals defenders, and Strome finished it off to give the Isles a 2-1 lead with 13-and-a-half minutes to play.
"There's a little bit of a buzz, some positive energy, and I think that's contagious," Nelson told reporters after the game. "When that's happening and that's going on in the locker room, it's pretty easy to go out there and just relax, have fun, and play hockey."