The New York Islanders' hit series seems to have no end. On Thursday, the team beat the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Barclays Center 4: 3 after the extra time.
Brock Nelson ensured Coach Barry's team defied a double win in the required extra layer. It was the 16th game (15-0-1) in a row, in which New Yorkers could secure at least one point and a fifth straight win. The points series represents a new franchise record, and the Islanders have scored 15 games three times since their start in the NHL in 1972, most recently from Jan. 21 to Feb. 20, 1982.
During this success story, which has been going on for weeks, it is evident that the islanders on the road to success can no longer extinguish even temporary failures.
Since Oct. 12, they have fallen behind in nine of the 16 games played without defeat, but have always returned to the match. So this time against Pittsburgh on Thursday, as the team fell behind with 0-1 and 1-2.
Last Saturday, the Islanders even recovered from their 3-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers and a 2-0 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. No matter how bad, New Yorkers have always found a way to succeed. A feature they say is the real top teams.
Despite this, Trotz was critical of the team's performance on Thursday after winning: "We just have to start better in the games and we can't always work our way out of the backlog, like in the previous three games we have to keep working hard."
It will not be possible to build the fortune of the experienced in the future, as he did against the Penguins, when Nelson hit a highly regarded victory 44 seconds before the end of the clock in overtime in his 500th NHL game.
He had a decisive part of the successful end of the evening again Anthony Beauvillier, who scored for the Islanders in the fourth consecutive game, helping extend the season to 16-3-1.
German goalkeeper Thomas Greiss also represents an important part of the big surprise team so far this season, as he has managed to end his last eight starts winning all. He showed 23 parades against the Penguins and once again delivered a solid performance.
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"It's very special," said Nelson, who was already responsible for winning 5-2 in overtime Tuesday in Pittsburgh, happy for a good run. "We don't think that much, we always play game by game and in retrospect. I will surely remember this as a very unusual phase. We have a very special group together. Everyone believes in us and we work hard to succeed" Our games are not always beautiful, but confidence is big and we always find our way to success. "
How much confidence in the Islanders' own performance is up-to-date, which is also evident in Powerplay. Although Pittsburgh has lined up a string of 23 subordinate survivors in a row, the home side are taking advantage of two of their seven chances for personal surplus to hit.
"We did well in this, even though the Penguins were in such good shape in the overpaid match," Nelson said proudly of the performances offered. "In Pittsburgh, we have not yet been able to resist the pressure, but this time things have gone much better."
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Scott Mayfield equalized the early lead of the visitors in the first third to 1: 1. Beauvillier equalized a temporary deficit 1: 2 in the second phase of the game. The locals used the situation of four minutes of overweight to their advantage.
"We have a team that doesn't get easily nervous," Beauvillier said. "We keep track of things, even if things don't go well in the game, and don't let us discount through missing goals. In overtime, we have a big impetus to win, as we did today, and fortunately, it worked."
The Mayfield defender's closing words sound almost like a threat in the competition's ears: "We will never be sorry. It's great that we got this series, but it's not enough for us. work hard and move on. "
The Islanders will have another chance to turn their confidence into points on Saturday, when New Yorkers have to play at the SAP Center against the San Jose Sharks (Sun 4.30 CET; NHL.tv).