The New York Islanders' Doug Weight era has gone swimmingly so far, but the club took their winning ways to a new level Tuesday.
With an impressive 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, the Islanders stretched their record under their new head coach to 5-0-1, the club having yet to lose in regulation with Weight at the helm.
New York has taken down some strong teams over that span - particularly the Columbus Blue Jackets in Weight's fourth game - but the victory over Washington is a different animal.
The Caps entered the contest as the league's top squad - boasting 72 points this season - and also one of the most offensively potent, sitting fifth in goals per game.
Not an issue for the Islanders, apparently. Weight's club held Washington to one goal - scored in the first five minutes of the game - until the final moments of the contest, when Alex Ovechkin scored to try to bring his team back from the brink.
New York hasn't simply been winning games since Weight took over. They've been doing so by committee, as a slew of the club's supposed stars have found new life since the coaching change.
Suffice to say, the Islanders have woken up - and just in time, it seems.
The club has a tough month ahead with eight away games on the docket, but after taking down the best with relative ease to remain hot, it's beginning to look like a foregone conclusion that John Tavares and Co. will close the gap and climb back into a playoff spot soon enough.
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