The Islanders run-and-gun offense was on display Tuesday night, as a three-goal first period powered the club to its fourth-straight win, a 5-2 decision over the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center.
The three-goal first frame was the 11th such period for the Islanders this season; they scored five goals or more for the 11th time this season. With the win, the Isles picked up their seventh victory in eight games, improved to 8-0-2 on home ice and 8-3-1 in November.
"We're playing well offensively," head coach Doug Weight said. "We have guys playing with a lot of confidence who are consistently figuring each other out."
Andrew Ladd opened the scoring with a top-corner snipe on a shorthanded breakaway 5:23 into the first period, but his opener was negated on the same power play by former Islander Thomas Vanek.
Video: VAN@NYI: Ladd roofs shot on breakaway for SHG
The real separation came late in the first, as Calvin de Haan scored his first goal of the season and Jordan Eberle netted his 10th a minute later to put the Islanders up 3-1. Eberle's goal, a quick snipe in stride from the slot, was his 400th NHL point, the eventual game-winner and extended his scoring streak to three games.
"When you start like that it's tough for teams to come back," Eberle said. "We want to continue to start well and we've been good at home so far and we want to keep that going."
Video: VAN@NYI: de Haan, Eberle score 60 seconds apart
Anders Lee put the Islanders up 4-1 at the start of the second period, as a Chris Tanev's clearing attempt caromed off Sven Baertschi's skate and right to the Islanders forward, who swept his 13th of the season around a downed Nilsson at 3:46.
"That put us in a position to just play it out for the most part," Lee said.
Bo Horvat's shorthanded goal - the Islanders' eighth shorty allowed this season - cut into the lead three minutes later, but that was as close as the Canucks came. The Islanders clamped down defensively the rest of the way, with John Tavares rounding out the scoring at 13:35 of the third.
Video: VAN@NYI: Tavares roofs one from in front
Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves for his second straight win in his first consecutive starts since Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. The Isles goalie wasn't as busy as his Canucks counterpart, but kept Vancouver from gaining any momentum early in the third with a key glove save on a Michael Del Zotto one-timer. Anders Nilsson, a former Islander, made 31 saves in the loss.
"I'm just trying to get out there, make the first save and not get behind," Halak said.
"He wasn't tested a lot tonight, but made some big saves and a prime example was in the third period," Weight said.
Video: VAN@NYI: Halak flashes the leather on Del Zotto
The Islanders are back in action on Friday night when they host the Ottawa Senators at Barclays Center. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Video: Tavares, Lee power Islanders to 5-2 home victory
Video: NYI 5, VAN 2: Doug Weight
Video: NYI 5, VAN 2: Jordan Eberle
Video: NYI 5, VAN 2: Anders Lee
Video: NYI 5, VAN 2: Jaroslav Halak