The New York Islanders' big name free-agent signings finally scored their first goals for their new squad in Monday's 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Jason Chimera scored in the first period and Andrew Ladd sealed the game with a third-period goal that gave the Islanders a two-goal lead.
Chimera tucked home an Anders Lee attempt inside the right post to tie the game at 1. After trading goals in the second and Cal Clutterbuck giving the Islanders a 3-2 lead midway through the third, Ladd put the game away when his shot from the high a lot deflected off a Canucks' leg and past Ryan Miller to make it 4-2.
"It's big for Jason and me, getting that good feeling that you can put a puck on net and it goes in," Ladd told reporters after the game. "We got two points. We can still shore up some areas, but it's what we needed."
This morning feels like a different world. No, the win didn't solve the Isles' problems, but it certainly alleviated some of the consternation that went along with this slow start. With Ladd, Chimera and Nikolay Kulemin all getting their first goals, it conjures up some optimism that maybe the Isles offense has just been dormant and not completely non-existent.
It isn't really fair to put this all on the new guys, but it's up to Ladd and Chimera, two 20-goal scorers from last season, to ignite this offense. That's what they're in New York for, and if they can get hot, it changes the entire complexion of the Isles' forward makeup.
If this sparks a breakout from both players, it should make Isles fans feel optimistic about a November resurgence.