As Butch Goring said right away in the game, the Maple Leafs would be speedy in the neutral zone, and the Islanders would need to combat that. Well – it just did not happen.
Although the John Tavares line had some opportunities, nothing was getting by the Toronto goaltender. JT’s streak was ended at 12 games; longest in the NHL this season.
Tonight – the revenge night, and the last game before the All-Star Break. What the Maple Leafs did in front of their home crowd, is EXACTLY what the Isles need to do tonight. Have to establish the hitting, and winning of the battles.
Again, we can say on and on – but it is true… The secondary scoring is paramount to the team’s success. The formula is there.
I will be covering the game tonight – so check out my twitter feed @islessection317.
In addition, I will be at the ALL STAR GAME in OTTAWA on Sunday. Only going to the game – and I am so excited. I bought my jersey the other day, so I am ready to support my Islander representative. Also – I am sitting just two rows behind the bench, so expect some pictures, and other stuff next week.
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