Scott Mayfield held his own during the New York Islanders’ 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
The Isles recalled Scott Mayfield from Bridgeport (AHL) on an emergency basis Tuesday.
The term “emergency” has a negative connotation, so maybe that’s not the ideal word. But at the end of the day, the point remains: Mayfield was thrust into the starting lineup, and thrived.
With Johnny Boychuk (flu) sidelined for Tuesday night’s matchup with the Rangers, head coach Jack Capuano slotted Mayfield alongside Thomas Hickey on the team’s second pairing.
The move panned out.
The 24-year-old defenseman notched the Isles’ first goal and was solid in his own zone. He added the much-needed elements of physicality and feistiness.
Mayfield has now recorded a point in all three games he’s played for the Islanders. He has three points (one goal, two assists) in fourteen games for the Sound Tigers this season.
- Jaroslav Halak rewarded the coaching staff with a stellar performance. He stopped 35 shots, including 14 on the penalty kill, en route to the victory. “What is he on?” Butch Goring wondered at the end of the first period.
- For weeks, we had been saying that if the forwards would step up, the Isles would win. Anders Lee has tallied five goals and an assist in his last seven games. Jason Chimera has netted three goals in his last four games. Andrew Ladd has a goal and two assists in the same amount of time.
Mayfield, buddy, you just earned yourself a healthy scratch!
— Pat Shmurda (Ethan) (@EthanGSN) December 7, 2016
"This is not going to be a 2-1 game." Bold prediction when the score is already 3-2 Butch
— Isles Nation (@NYIslesNation) December 7, 2016
LADD!!!???!!!?? #isles pic.twitter.com/Ar9r9tEnhD
— YeSUV? (@IslesWhiteSUV) December 7, 2016