It was great to have Kyle Okposo back in the lineup, and, to me, the proverbial “rust” didn’t seem to be present. Unfortunately, even so, the Islanders still ended up losing to the Caps at home last night.
Michael Grabner provided the Isles with their only offense in the second period, continuing his hot streak, as he scored on the break away after Josh Bailey gave him a nice pass to spring him. Otherwise, a 0 for 6 night on the power play and more than a few missed chances, particularly by Moulson and Okposo, contributed to the boys being unable to find the equalizer. Washington did have a 2 to 0 lead before Grabner’s goal, and though Rick DiPietro played well enough to win, the Islanders could not tie the game up, coming up empty in the third period.
To me, it was another of those “so close, yet so far” games. The Isles surely could have won the game, and they did have a lot of offensive zone time. It was just a matter of not getting that single lucky bounce or break. If they could have converted even on one of their power play chances, they could have gotten a point out of the game. Still, they competed hard and gave a very good and talented team a fight, which, to me, is far better than only showing up physically and stinking out the building.
Tonight, they shuffle off to Buffalo for the first of 2 in a row against the Sabers. If they can come with the intensity and consistency they showed at the NVMC last Saturday, the boys can rebound from this loss and leave western New York with a W.
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