The Winning Streak Was Snapped, but It’s On To Face the Kings

By John Panarese

I wasn’t able to catch much of the game against Boston on Thursday.  In fact, I really caught very little of it.  I was receiving ESPN updates via my iPhone, but I had to read about the details afterwards.

So, another slow start resulted in trailing 3-0 after the first period.  However, the Isles outplayed and out shot the Bruins throughout the second and third periods    and realistically “tied” them over those two frames.  John Tavares picked up goals 22 and 23, while Josh Bailie scored his 8th of the season.

Al Montoya came in relief of Nathan Lawson to only give up 1 goal in the second and third periods.  From what I have read, it was a matter of the Islanders hanging Lawson out to dry more than him being “terrible” in goal.  Nevertheless, to be down 3-0 after the opening period is not a good way to start off against a team that was trying to get themselves back in the W column.  Unfortunately, with the goaltender situation being what it is, we are going to have to expect nights in which the defense is going to have to play exceptionally strong and the offense is going to have to score more than 3 goals in a game to enable the team to win.

As Zenon Konopka made reference to, the Isles weren’t going to win every single game left in the season.  However, they were playing much better hockey of late, and this game, hopefully, will serve as a “learning experience” as far as putting together a sixty minute effort.  I have said it a bunch of times, but if the Islanders play “their game” and stick to the plan for a full sixty minutes, they will win most nights.  They have proven this fact more than a few times this season, especially after the long dry spell in losing 20 out of 22.  This team as far from being a “bad” club, and they have shown that they can put the puck in the net and make the “big plays” on defense.

Tonight will not be an easy task either.  The Los Angeles Kings have been playing improved hockey of late.  It will be brother in-law verses brother in-law again, as Matt Moulson will be facing Jonathan Quick.  Let’s hope Matt can light the lamp a time or two and the Isles can pick up a much needed 2 points in the standings and get back to winning.