Feb 6, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) celebrates scoring against Islanders with teammates during the second period against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Playing for their lives, the New York Islanders needed a win to keep the hardly living push for the playoffs alive. To make a long, painful story short, the Islanders lost 3-2, thus theoretically eliminating the team from a spot at the playoffs.
While the Islanders didn’t get any aid by the refs, which allowed a questionable game-winning third goal,the team was flat last night, seemingly lacking motivation to perform. Perhaps the recent news of Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald declining contract offers has the team’s mentality elsewhere, but that’s no legitimate excuse as to why the Islanders have not been playing well in their recent contests.
Looking at the bigger picture, the future of the team, it does look as if two important members of the team will be gone. The aforementioned contract disagreements between the Islanders front office and players Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald paints the picture of a trade. Both players may be sent in a package, or both could end up being traded separately.
With the Olympic roster freeze only hours away, both MacDonald and Vanek could very well have played their final game with the Islanders. It’s sad to say such a thing, but that just seems to be how this season has gone. A year once filled with promise has taken the worst possible turn, and to the dismay of all Islanders fans, the playoffs are far out of reach.
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