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While taking on the Sharks in San Jose, forward Anders Lee deflects one on the power play to get the New York Islanders on the board first.
New York Islanders youngster Anders Lee has found a little bit of a scoring touch in the past couple of games.
Hot Hands in the “Dirty Area”
Lee has largely struggled so far this season. The dominant net front presence that fans fell in love with in 2014-15 largely hasn’t made an appearance through 16 games.
That was, until, the Islanders played the Los Angeles Kings.
A helmet-less Lee put away a loose puck that lingered in the blue paint for his first goal in over 10 games. After the Kings essentially put the game away, Lee was able to chip away at the lead scoring the last goal of the game.
On the power-play against the Sharks in San Jose on Friday afternoon, Lee was hanging around in his usual spot up in front of the net to redirect a shot by Josh Bailey (video above). It goes without saying that this burst is huge for Lee, but also for the struggling Islanders powerplay.
Lee finding the scoring touch is huge for the Islanders. With a struggling offense, the rookies that are being relied on to help spark it need to get going. Coach Jack Capuano announced prior to the game that Lee would be placed on the first PP for the Islanders and that judgment call has paid off thus far.
Lee is absolutely at his best when he acts as the screen in front of the net. With an over 6-foot-3 and 223-pound frame, Lee is the big body needed to chip away at loose rebounds in front of the net. The Islanders resurgence starts with an offensive resurgence.
Here’s hoping that this offense continues.