The New York Islanders have proven to be anything but a fluke this postseason. After their initial drubbing in Game 1 at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Isles have yet to back down and have managed to even up the series at two.
Of course, much of the attention for their success has fallen on their big name forwards, as it has all year. The likes of John Tavares and Matt Moulson have come up big for the Islanders during this series, following up a strong regular season.
But there are others that deserve some praise as well. Perhaps none more than Mark Streit. Streit has seen his patience pay off, remaining with the organization in tough times, making his first postseason appearance with the club. It is his third appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs overall.
Streit had an impressive regular season for the Isles, finishing with 27 points on the year, which was among the best for blue liners. He’s been Mr. Consistent on the blue line for the Islanders in his four seasons with the club, providing steady play on defense, providing some offense and leadership that this team has sorely needed.
In this series, he has built on what he has done in his time with the Isles. He has five points so far in the series, including a pair of goals and an assist as the Islanders won Game 4 to even up the series. Two of his points have come on the power play, and he’s only finished with a minus rating one time, as he was a minus-1 in that 5-0 loss in Game 1.
Streit deserves a lot of credit. He’s always stressed his desire to remain in Long Island with this franchise that appeared to be headed nowhere. Now contenders in the postseason, this is a team with a bright future. And Streit is a part of that future, as he’s showing right now in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.