Brock Nelson broke out of a cold streak and scored a clutch third period goal in the Islanders' 2-1 overtime victory in Nashville.
A minute-and-a-half into the third period, with New York trailing 1-0, Nelson ripped a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne for his18th goal of the season.
For Nelson, the goal was his first since March 24, a stretch of five games without a goal, and just his second in his last 11 games.
Overall, Nelson has 41 points, one shy of his career high. However, his possession metrics (45.4 Corsi For and 45.4 Fenwick For at 5-on-5) are the worst of his career.
It really feels like Nelson is the ultimate enigma on this team. His shot is lethal, and he goes through these stretches where he's scoring big goals and looking like the player we all want him to be. When Brock is playing like that, it's exciting, and it adds a whole other dimension to this offense.
But then it almost seems like he disappears for weeks at a time. Look at his game logs and it jumps off the page. For my fellow Mets fans, he's the Lucas Duda of the Islanders: red-hot for stretches, scoring on, what feels like, every shot, then invisible for weeks at a time.
Maybe that's not totally fair, but it's certainly how it feels, and it's something the Islanders need to figure out moving into next season. Nelson is so often lumped together with Anders Lee is and Ryan Strome. Now that Lee has graduated to a core piece of this team, it's all about figuring out what to do about Nelson and Strome. Deciding their fates should be at the top of Garth's list this summer.