UNIONDALE, N.Y. — What better way to celebrate the birth of a new child than by helping your team advance to the Stanley Cup Semifinals. That’s exactly what Brock Nelson did during the New York Islanders series with the Boston Bruins.
Nelson’s two goals in the second period helped lead the Islanders to a 6-2 win over Boston to clinch the series in six games and advance to the next round to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. All of this happening just days after the 29-year-old welcomed his third child to the world the day of Game 4.
New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz revealed the news during his postgame press conference following Game 6 on Wednesday.
“People don’t know Brock just had a child the other day, him and his wife,” Trotz said. “So he’s been dealing with that. He played Game 4.”
Nelson’s wife, Karley, gave birth at 12:30 in the afternoon on Saturday, which was the day of Game 4. Instead of taking the night off, Nelson was in the lineup.
The Islanders won Game 4-1 over Boston that night.
“he played that night with no sleep. Said I’m in the lineup and has been battling through that,” Trotz said. “He came to Boston, spent some time, got him late into Boston, played that game. Today you saw him fresh and happy to have a new child with his wife and having his wife home. I think he settled in and played a Brock Nelson game.”
Brock Nelson was named the first star of Game 6 and had his second multi-goal game of the postseason. Nelson’s six playoff goals this year are the second-most on the Islanders.
His 10 points through 12 playoff games are third on the team.
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