|JOSH HO-SANG, Islanders|
|FIRST NHL GOAL|
The Islanders are smack dab in the middle of the kind of road trip that only teams with crumbling buildings or Olympics competitions in their own backyard are required to endure. Or, in this case, a Ringling Bros. farewell tour. Nine games in all away from the Barclay Center. A playoff spot in their hand at the moment, but with a tenuous grasp.
A nice time to bring to the big club a recent no. 1 draft pick.
Enter Josh Ho-Sang, New York’s first pick in the 2014 entry draft and 28th overall. A player with surprisingly as great a fan following in Crown Heights as Flushing. Ho-Sang’s great grandfather is of Chinese descent. His mother is Jewish and Ho-Sang is also of the faith.
In his fourth game with the Islanders, Hang-So gave all of Brooklyn a reason to adopt him as their own.
After getting routed in Calgary two nights ago, New York’s brutal road trip next took them to Edmonton, Alberta’s other emerging Western Conference powerhouse.
Toward the end of a scoreless first period, with the Islanders on a power play, Ho-Sang was awarded a spot on the second unit. The Islanders assigned the center iceman the left point.
Ho-Sang showed little reticence about captaining the unit, pounding a one-timer home from just inside the blue line in the center of the Oilers zone.
Following a synchronized arm-pump and leg swing, one-by-one Ho-Sang’s on-ice teammates came over to congratulate him. After accepting head taps and broad smiles, Ho-Sang, beaming broadly, slapped hands with the Islanders bench. When he got back, a seat awaited him next to John Tavares.
However subconsciously, Islander fans had to be wondering if there was a metaphor in there.
|3/8/2017 vs. Edmonton|