New York Islanders spoil homecoming for Kyle Okposo, defeat Sabres 5-1 (Highlights) 2
Dec 23, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) skates behind New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders routed Kyle Okposo and the Buffalo Sabres at the Barclays Center by a score of 5-1.  

A Memorable Homecoming

The New York Islanders came flying out of the gate at the Barclays Center on Friday night and their effort paid dividends.

The forecheck was clearly in full effect and 13 different Islanders found their way to the score sheet Friday night in Brooklyn.

Kyle Okposo‘s first night at the Barclays Center was definitely one of the season highlights for the Islanders.

Shooting Gallery

Anthony Beauvillier scored his fourth of the year after it was mishandled by former Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson and trickled behind him.

Nilsson’s inconsistency when handling the puck would help the Islanders on the scoresheet throughout the night.

Ryan Strome‘s goal came as a result of Nilsson not controlling the puck and letting the rebound slip past for Strome to bank it in.

The specialty team’s for New York would help them out tonight with John Tavares cashing in on a power play with three Islanders crashing the net.

Andrew Ladd fired a shot perfectly placed over Nilsson’s glove for a fourth Islander goal and a very important morale boost for Ladd.

Even defenseman Calvin de Haan was in on the scoring his second goal of the year.

The Islanders would, unfortunately, concede a goal to Zemgus Girgensons with 1:03 left on the clock to spoil an otherwise stellar evening for Thomas Greiss.

Building Momentum

The Islanders want to build momentum going forward from here, and there are some good notes to take out of the past two games.

For instance, the Islanders have scored two power play goals in the past two games. The Islanders also carried a 3-0 lead heading into the third period for the second straight game.

If the Islanders want a prayer of digging out of the cellar, it will start with these moral victories.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.