The islanders have learned to never count themselves out of a game.
Her 5-3 win against the Kings at Barclays Center on Thursday night was the third game in a row that made the islanders scratch out of a hole. The first game against the Canucks resulted in an extra time, but the islanders showed impressive resilience to beat the victories in the last two games.
"It is easy to become the front-runner and it is more difficult to return to this league," said coach Barry Despite. "It happens to everyone, teams will come back to you. … It's hard to keep a head start and all that. But if you score the first goal, the other team obviously needs two. And if the other team scores two goals, you need three to win. "
The islanders remained 3-1 in the second half and stayed with it until beginners Kieffer Bellows scored a 1-goal game with the first goal of his NHL career at 10:22 a.m. Perhaps it was because a 21-year-old fought the toughest fight in his second career game, but the islanders rallied with goals from Matt Martin, Bellows and Anders Lee (an empty player).
Martin hit third after just 23 seconds to give the islands enough time to secure victory. Bellows gave them the winner of the game before Captain Lee scored the goal for the Islanders' second win.
"Certainly builds trust," said Martin. "Whenever you are in a game and things are not going well, it just feels like a real climb. And when you string games that you can kick back to, you never feel like you are out of it , and you feel like you can come back and win. We believe we can do it and that has been shown in the past three years.
“Of course we like to play with leads, but our resilience was really strong. I just have to keep looking for ways. "
Defender Devon Toews played in his 100th NHL game.
Toews, who moved in the fourth round in 2014, made his debut in December last season and has appeared in every game since then. He is the eighth defender from the 2014 design class to reach the 100 game milestone and the second defender to be deployed after the second round.
"One hundred games are a lot of games," said Toews. "But hopefully there will be a lot more in the future."
Defender Ryan Pulock scored his 100th career point after three matchdays with a template based on Martin's goal.