Anders Lee had a goal and assist while getting 17:51 of ice time as the Islanders beat the Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
"I just try to create havoc in front and make those small plays," Lee said after the game, according to the New York Times. "For us, this is playoff hockey. There's no taking any game for granted. We have to get two points every night."
Lee, 26, has 27 goals and 17 assists in 71 games this season -- both career-highs.
He has done all of this after returning from a broken left fibula, which he suffered right before last season's playoffs.
"Anders has been great, throughout the year," interim head coach Doug Weight said. "He's scored big goal after big goal. He's a bruiser who gets to the front of the net. It's the willingness to go there and have the skill to make the plays."
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Lee has a very good shot at his first 30-goal season in the NHL, as he needs just three with 10 games to go.
He has been a driving force in the Islanders' resurgence over the last 41 games (23-12-6), posting 17 goals and 14 assists over that span, giving New York a truly dangerous first line with captain John Tavares and Josh Bailey -- one that has accounted for 29 goals and 73 points in 30 games under Weight.
Wednesday night, however, he did it with a different wrinkle. Having been put on a newly formed second unit with Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier, Lee continued to show why he has become the true power winger he was projected to be when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL entry draft.
Showing incredible tenacity along the boards and willingness to drive the net or take a beating in front of it, he was the driving force to two of the Isles' three goals in their crucial 3-2 win over the rival Rangers.
First, he made a beeline for Antii Raanta as Beauvillier carried down the right wing, cashing in on the rebound to quickly answer Mats Zuccarello's opening goal. Then, in the third period, on a power play, he parked himself in front, controlled a bouncing puck, and sent a beautiful drop pass to a wide open Andrew Ladd, who potted his 20th for the game winner.
Whatever line Lee has been put on lately, he's proving to be the winger New York has been searching for.