The box score for the Islanders win over the Red Wings looked more like a low scoring football game than a hockey game. Isles head coach Doug Weight and his players hope the enthralling 7-6 victory will mean more than just two points and will act as a springboard for the rest of the season.
After going behind 3-0 in the first period and hearing boos from their home crowd at the Barclay's Center, the team rallied back. The Red Wings seemed to quell the first comeback attempt, extending their lead to 5-2, but four straight third-period powerplay goals pushed the Islanders into the lead. They'd eventually need overtime to seal the win, but a galvanizing win it was.
"Getting the OT winner and the hat trick, that's always nice, but hopefully that can vault [Nelson] and our team," Weight said, via Cory Wright of the team's official site. "It makes us a different team when Brock's playing like that."
Rookie Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson led the team on the night. Barzal had five assists, his third five-point game this sesaon, and Nelson scored a hat trick, including the overtime game-winner.
"It's a long season and you're going to have your ups and downs and we were going through a rough stretch for a little bit there," Barzal said. "Hopefully it pushes us in the right direction and I think this team needed something like that, we needed a big comeback or a big game like that, a big win. That's exactly what we needed in the locker room to get the emotions up… Hopefully this can get us going for the last 25 games."