In today’s Video of Day, we highlight Brock Nelson’s first career hat trick which helped the Islanders win 5-2 over the Blue Jackets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Tuesday night. He beat Anton Forsberg twice including for the game-winner converting a 2-on-1 by going five-hole with 2:31 left in the second period.
Nelson completed the hat trick when he scored an empty netter with 10.8 seconds left in the contest. His sliding nudge hit the open net giving him three goals and an assist along with a plus-three rating in the Isles’ win which tied them with the Rangers in points (51).
A Battle of New York will take place tomorrow evening on Atlantic Avenue with the two clubs tied for second place in the Metro Division. By virtue of one less game played and two more ROW (regulation overtime wins), the Rangers are ahead. The Islanders took the first meeting 2-1 in a shootout on Dec. 2.
Interestingly, Nelson’s three goals gave him the team lead with 17. Two better than team captain John Tavares, who hasn’t taken off yet. He’s got 15 markers and 15 helpers with his 30 points one behind club leader Kyle Okposo (10-21-31). Nelson continues to show improvement. With 27 points (17-10-27) in all 43 games, he’s tied with Frans Nielsen (14-13-27) for third in team scoring.