ANAHEIM, Calif. — Islanders center Brock Nelson was named the NHL’s third star of the week Monday after scoring overtime winners in successive games against the Penguins.
It marks the first time in Nelson’s seven NHL seasons that he has been one of the league’s three stars of the week.
“Brocktober has extended into November,” coach Barry Trotz said. “That’s just growth as a player. If you can be consistent for all nine months of the hockey season, you’re going to be a pretty good player.”
Bruins winger Brad Marchand was the first star after notching three goals and four assists in three games. Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who had four goals and three assists in four games, was the second star.
Nelson had four goals and an assist in three games. He became the first player in franchise history to score overtime goals in back-to-back games, recording the winners in a 5-4 comeback win at Pittsburgh this past Tuesday and a 4-3 victory on Thursday.
“Our line has been rolling,” said Nelson, whose 19 points is second best on the team.
Ducks coach Dallas Eakins played two of his 120 career NHL games as a defenseman for the Islanders in 1999-2000, when Butch Goring was behind the team’s bench.
“It was the only time I was put on the power play,” Eakins said. “I played two extremely good games, I had an assist. Then Butch sent me down. My partner was Kenny Jonsson. Maybe I was playing so well because I was playing with him.”
Goring, now the Islanders’ television analyst for MSG Networks, was in the media scrum, and he and Eakins shared a warm moment beforehand. And it was then-general manager Mike Milbury, not Goring, making the personnel decisions.
Leo Komarov and rookies Noah Dobson and Otto Koivula were the healthy scratches … Josh Bailey, who has played wing almost exclusively in the NHL, centered the third line.
Leo Komarov and rookies Noah Dobson and Otto Koivula were the healthy scratches . . . Josh Bailey, who has played wing almost exclusively in the NHL, centered the third line.