|ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER, Islanders|
|ONE MAN TO BEAT — AND IT’S HIS TEAMMATE|
Anthony Beauvillier of the Islanders has already established himself as something of a breakaway artist in his rookie year, trailing only Wayne Simmonds, Brad Marchand, Paul Byron and Michael Grabner in that eye-catching category. Were it not for teammate Brock Nelson, Beauvillier would only trail Simmonds.
With the Islanders playing another excruciatingly tight match on their 9-game road swing, Josh Bailey fed a bolting Beauvillier with a pass just as he hit the red line in full stride. Two Canucks labored to catch him, but he was off.
Or was he? Awaiting him at the Vancouver blue line like a pillar of Hercules was teammate Brock Nelson, who had just hopped off the bench and himself had aspirations of receiving a stretch pass.
Islander players have had a tragic-comical history of going bump in the night this year, and this one would have taken the cake.
But Beauvillier altered his path enough to avoid going splat courtesy of Nelson and continued his march to the Canucks goal.
By this time, Vancouver defenseman Nikita Tryamkin had closed enough to deprive Beauvillier of his clean breakaway, but the Islander teenager remained cool and forehand / backhanded his way past goalie Ryan Miller to tie the game midway through the second period.
|3/9/2017 vs. Vancouver|