Nick Leddy Scores 1st Ever Penalty Shot Against Senators
- Nick Leddy had two goals and an assist, and the New York Islanders won their sixth straight game with a 4-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.
- It was Leddy’s first three-point game since Nov. 5, 2017.
“He’s underappreciated around the League,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s such a great skater, he’s the fastest guy we have on the team. It looks so effortless. Today, I just thought he was our best player.”
- Matt Martin had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss made 30 saves for New York (7-3-0), which has outscored its opponents 19-11 during its winning streak.
“Part of it is good goaltending,” Trotz said of the Islanders’ success on defense this season. “Part of it is a little bit of a bend but don’t break type of style that we play sometimes. There’s a lot of commitment. … We had high commitment on the penalty kill today. This group has a lot of character, and they showed it today.”
- Tyler Ennis scored twice for Ottawa (2-7-1), which has lost five of its past six games.
“He’s a confident player,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “When he has confidence, he scores and he scores in bunches.”
- Anders Nilsson allowed four goals on 16 shots before being replaced in the second period by Craig Anderson, who made eight saves.
“[Nilsson’s] been outstanding,” Smith said. “I’ve got no problem with his game. It’s just that a couple [pucks] found their way in and I wasn’t going to leave him in there. It is what it is. Our team has to play better in front of him and keep the chances down, especially the high-end chances.”
- Trotz said Kuhnhackl has a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated Saturday. …
- Chabot has six points (one goal, five assists) during a five-game point streak.
Sources & Credits: Callum Fraser / NHL.com, NY Islanders, Ottawa Senators