ELMONT, NY — New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert scratched 21-year-old winger Simon Holmstrom back on Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, stating that they needed him to bring more offense.
Since returning from his injury, an eight-game absence, Simon Holmstrom was not at his best, not winning puck battles and not shooting nearly enough.
On Saturday night, with the New York Islanders down 2-0 early to the Carolina Hurricanes, they needed an offensive spark. And Simon Holmstrom provided it with a heck of a move and shot as he did the Auston Matthew’s toe drag in the slot before rifling the puck through the legs of Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce and past the blocker side of netminder Frederik Andersen for his third career NHL goal.
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The Islanders would tie the game just a 1:40 minutes later, as Brock Nelson scored on a wraparound.
The last time Holmstrom cut to the slot, he got hurt, and since his return, he seemed hesitant to drive the net. But with his highlight-reel goal, he showed the confidence that Lambert needs to see for him to remain in the lineup.