Islanders D Nick Leddy finally snapped his goal-less streak Saturday against the Blue Jackets, and it was a big one too.
Leddy's goal may have came in the first period, but it was needed as it appeared the Blue Jackets' forecheck was becoming too much for New York. It tied the game up, and for Leddy, he secured his first goal since Nov. 24.
Along with the goal, head coach Doug Weight thought Leddy has a great all-around game, and it was the play he has been looking for him to produce all season.
"He's a huge piece of our team," Weight told Newsday's Mark Herrmann. "He's a real laid-back guy. You know Nick, he's a wonderful kid. With his goal, with the game he had in the last two period, he was much better. He was hard on the puck."
Both Leddy and Weight hope that snapping the streak ends the 26-year-old's sketchy play this season. With a minus-27 rating on the ice, Leddy has been in a slump this year, though, he does have 30 points in 53 games (seven goals, 23 assists).
But his stats don't mean anything as long as he is helping his team win. That is why Leddy was uncharacteristically pumped up after his shot hit the back of the twine.
"Very relieving. Just a very good feeling," Leddy said. "Just to get our team on the board, it was huge.
How can Leddy continue helping in the goal column? Just keep shooting.
"You just keep playing your game, just keep getting pucks on the net, keep creating opportunities. The more you shoot, the better chance to score."