"We knew we had a young group and a lot of rookies," said Nelson, who topped the Islanders' rookie class with 14 goals and 26 points. "We wanted to go out there and give it everything we had every night. I think we were able to do that."
"It was a crazy bounce," Nelson said. "You've got to be ready for anything. It was a good start for us. We did a solid job of playing smart defensively in this game compared with some of the previous (ones)."