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Islanders forward Nielsen on shootout success

by Staff

New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen was a guest of NHL Live to talk about the early-season success of a team currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

A big part of Nielsen's game is his success in the shootout, where his 54.8 percent conversion rate is third-best among active players.

"I had a good move going there the past couple of years, the backhand," Nielsen said. "It just seemed to work and now the goalies are starting to figure it out so I had to change it up a little bit. It's still going in and I still enjoy it. It's a fun thing. I like the pressure of the game on the line."

The Islanders return home Tuesday to play the Colorado Avalanche after winning three straight games to conclude a five-game Western Conference road trip. New York allowed three goals in the three victories after giving up at least three in 10 of its first 11 games.

"I really like the way we played, especially defensively," Nielsen said. "I think we figured out how it doesn't have to be pretty. We have to make sure every time we go into the third period we have a chance to win a game. Everybody is competing really hard right now. Everybody is playing defense and doing all the little things."

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