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Brock Nelson Opens Post-Season Scoring

Brock Nelson Opens Post-Season Scoring
Cat Silverman

If you picked Brock Nelson to open post-season scoring in the NHL, you probably just won a ton of money — because the Islanders forward certainly wasn’t the attractive pick around the league.

Although two simultaneous games opened up the 2015 post-season — the Washington Capitals hosted the first puck drop against the New York Islanders, while the Montreal Canadiens are playing house at the Bell Centre for the underdog-favorite Ottawa Senators — it took nearly fifteen minutes of combined play for either team to see the puck find the back of the net.

Nelson, 23, is currently pushing his way into relevance for the newly relevant Islanders — and the 23-year old Manitoba native netted the opening 2015 post-season goal to start off his own playoff scoring career, as well. One scoreless post-season appearance for Nelson in the 2012-2013 playoff campaign means that his goal comes in his second career NHL playoff game, although it’s nearly two full years after he first debuted following a regular season.

Drafted in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with the final opening round pick, Nelson — a tall, confident center — is making a strong case for continued dominance as a member of New York’s top six. If he can maintain his solid special teams numbers for the franchise, as well, he could make a case for joining Anders Lee in the next wave of strong Islanders forwards.

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Cat Silverman
@catacarryon

Catherine is the first American in a long line of Canadians, making her the black sheep before she even decided she wasn’t going to be a Leafs fan. Her cousins may never forgive her for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, but they’re at least glad she’s a rink rat, too. She’s a pretty terrible goalie, but she’s got a good grasp on the game from her seat on the bench.

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