The Islanders have been resilient all season and Tuesday night in Edmonton was just another example of their mettle.
Just two days after one of their worst efforts of the season -- a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames -- the Isles bounced back to grab their eighth and ninth points of a possible 14 thus far on their nine-game road trip.
"We've been really good coming back after a game when we haven't played our best," said Andrew Ladd, who scored his 10th goal in the last 20 games. "We got back to what we do best, grinding teams down, working hard."
The Isles have two games remaining on the nine-game swing (in Vancouver and St. Louis) before returning home to Barclays Center.
Yes, this was the same team that surrendered four goals in the first period in Calgary, which is why it was silly for some fans to just write off the remainder of this season based on Sunday afternoon. The Isles were shot after a back-to-back in Dallas and Chicago, and it's clear that was the main reason for their misstep against the Flames. And like they've done all season, they put a brutal performance behind them and skated circles around the Oilers.
While the even strength attempts were essentially even (44 to 43 in favor of the Oilers), the Isles had their forecheck working all night long. It was a throwback to the 2014-15 season, where their relentlessness made them one of the toughest teams in the league to play against, and it's exactly the kind of effort they needed to put Sunday's abysmal performance in their rearview mirror.
I know some fans point to the Islanders' swings as an indication that they're not a consistent team, but since Doug Weight took over, I think they are very consistent (14-6-3). Every team is going to have bad nights. The true test of a team, especially down the stretch, is how quickly they bounce back from those performances. On Tuesday, the Isles showed that all they're concerned about is the next 60 minutes, and that attitude will serve them well in their quest for the second Wild Card.