Nick Leddy hit a milestone when he helped the Islanders tie it up late against the Carolina Hurricanes in Tuesday's shootout win.
Leddy's assist on Anders Lee's power-play goal was his 34th of the season, which tied a career high that he set in 2011-12 with the Blackhawks.
In 75 games, Leddy has five goals to go along with his 34 helpers. He has three points in his last four games.
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Leddy is playing his best hockey of the season, and with him getting set to draw some tough assignments in the playoffs, it couldn't be coming at a better time. Leddy's season has been constructed in two parts. It seemed to take Leddy a while to find his legs in the early going. His advanced metrics weren't up to their usual elite level, and he didn't seem to be moving as well. What's more, he wasn't getting on the score sheet. It took him until Jan. 2 to score his first goal of the year, and he only had six points in the season's first two months. But as the year has gone on, Leddy has gotten stronger and stronger.
His success rushing the puck has been phenomenal of late. It seems that practically every game, Leddy makes a move from end-to-end to create a scoring opportunity. We saw it again on Tuesday, as he darted up the ice to force a backhander on net and nearly even the game at 1, and it's far from an isolated incident. Leddy is a great skater, and there's no doubt he's been moving better now on all sides of the puck, covering more ground in both the neutral zone and his own end. It's refreshing to see, and if the Isles can get through the next week and a half healthy, I'm eager to witness what the Islanders' defensive corps can do in the playoffs at full strength.