New York Islanders Playing Like a Much Better Team

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent INovember 4, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 31:  Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders skates against the Buffalo Sabres on October 31, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Sabres 5-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Admit it.

As an Islanders' fan right now, you must be ecstatic. When was the last time this team won four games in a row? Even more than that, when was the last time you had confidence in this team to win games?

Last season it was always a hope, but that hope usually faded by the third period. That trend carried over into the beginning of the season, but since the New York Islanders defeated the rival Rangers 3-1 one week ago, they have looked like a better team.

The Islanders have scored 15 goals in the past week, while only giving up five. But not only that, they are getting production from a whole host of players.

First off, the real surprise of the season has been the play of winger Matt Moulson. He has six goals and five assists for 11 points in the season, and although he has only a goal and an assist in his last four games, teams must watch out for the speedy Canadian born man.

Another reason the Islanders have done so well, are the play of their two new goalies, Martin Biron and Dwayne Roloson. They were both signed as insurance for injured goalie Rick DiPietro, who is still on injured reserve, but recently both have proven their worth.

Roloson has won three of the past four games while giving up just four goals, and Biron shut out the Sabers in the Islanders 5-0 win last week.

The last reason why this team has performed so well is that there seems to be a different hero in every game that is lifting the team on their shoulders. In the past week, during the game versus the Rangers, Dwayne Roloson saved 34-of-35 shots.

Next, versus the Washington Capitals, Frans Nielsen scored his first two goals of the season to keep the Islanders in the game, and bring it to overtime.

Then versus the Buffalo Sabres, Jeff Tambellini scored his first NHL hattrick to lead the Islanders to victory.

Finally in the matchup versus the Edmonton Oilers, defenseman Brendan Witt had his first two goal game in the NHL, which gave the Islanders victory.

When a team has solid goaltenting behind a good and efficient offense, the end result will lead to many wins, and a good season.

Tonight the Islanders will look to increase their four game winning streak to five as they travel to Buffalo in a rematch against the Sabres.