In a game the Islanders really needed to lose (to secure prime drafting position), Kyle and the "Kid Line" had other plans for the evening. In Atlanta to take on the Thrashers on Thursday (1/29), the Isles didn't miss a beat despite a seven day layoff and won 5-4. This blog's namesake had his first 2 goal night and was voted the second star of the game.
Kyle has scored 4 goals in the team's last 3 games (2-0-1) and coach Scott Gordon is seeing production from the aforementioned Comeau-Bailey-Okposo combo. Young Josh Bailey helped on the early Kyle goal (7:29 in the first period) while both linemates assisted on the late goal (12:39 in the third period).
Though there are many deficiencies in the 2008-2009 version of the Islanders, fans need not fret about the developemnt of the "kids" or the play of all-star defenseman Mark Streit. Both are humming along just fine.
The win broke a 14 game road losing streak. Next up, the Florida Panthers at home on Saturday (1/31) night. We'll see if KO can up the goal streak to four games.