Scored 16 points (7g/9a) in 76 games during his second season with the Islanders and seventh full National Hockey League campaign...Posted a career-best plus-1 rating...Scored a career-high four game-winning goals, the third most on the team...His 60 penalty minutes placed third on the team...The Islanders went 7-0-0 in games he scored and 14-2-0 when he recorded a point...Missed six games throughout the season due to injuries...Suffered a lower-body injury on Nov. 14 at Florida and missed one game...Missed one game due to a lower-body injury on Dec. 6 at Ottawa...Missed a game due to an upper-body injury on Jan. 9 at New Jersey...Suffered an upper-body injury on Feb. 7 at Boston and missed two games...Suffered an undisclosed injury on Apr. 4 vs. Buffalo.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3