ELMONT, NY — After playing four straight games from Jan. 23 to Jan. 28 with Noah Dobson dealing with a lower-body injury, 22-year-old Samuel Bolduc served as a healthy scratch in Philadelphia Monday night as Dobson returned.
In those four games, Samuel Bolduc did not have any points but showcased a responsible defensive game and showed zero hesitation to get pucks towards goal.
Prior to warmups, head coach Lane Lambert addressed the media and was asked about Bolduc.
“I like his size. I like his reach. I like his poise with the puck,” Lambert said. “Certainly, as we saw and witnessed, when he gets into people, the play gets ended.”
It seemed that Bolduc, along with Parker Wotherspoon, would be healthy scratches yet again when the Islanders hosted the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night, but when warmups came and went, Alexander Romanov was not on the ice.
The Islanders announced that Romanov would miss Tuesday’s game due to a personal matter.
Romanov’s wife gave birth to their first child, a baby girl, on Feb. 2, so we hope everything is okay.
Bolduc slotted into the lineup, skating alongside Scott Mayfield.
You know that expression, something to do with taking advantage of your opportunities?
Yeah, that’s what Bolduc did as 7:49 into the first period, Bolduc let a puck go from the point, a seeing-eye shot, that went right through the wickets of Seattle netminder Martin Jones for his first career NHL goal.
1st NHL goal for BOLDUC!!
Isles lead 1-0 pic.twitter.com/rvjl7TwGel
— Isles on MSGSN (@IslesMSGN) February 8, 2023
Let’s slow it down.
Let's break this down ⤵️
1st career NHL goal/point for Bolduc
100th NHL point for Mayfield
8-game point streak for Nelson pic.twitter.com/alpNEPdTxe
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 8, 2023
On the goal, Mayfield registered his 100th career point.