New York Islanders: Jaroslav Halak Earns Team Single Point
The New York Islanders strolled into Florida and got lit by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Looking to bounce back against the Florida Panthers two days later they have only their goaltender to thank for the single point.
The New York Islanders leave the state of Florida with a 0-1-1 record and a single point. A point they were lucky to get. If it wasn’t for Jaroslav Halak between the pipes the Isles might have faced yet another blowout.
The Panthers were all over the New York Islanders right out of the gate. After the first frame, the Panthers had a 40 percentage point lead over the Isles in the Corsi-for department. It was the type of performance you don’t want to see after losing 4-1 just two night before.
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Thankfully Halak was on his game this night. Almost as though he’s trying to show off for some sort of suitors. You know, like as though he wants to leave New York…
Florida kept coming and Halak kept stopping them. Except for that one Florida goal that was initially called a goal on the ice. Then the refs called it back after an eternal huddle. Then called it back a second time after Jack Capuano challenged the initial reversal and another eternal huddle.
Oh and that weak one against Marchessault in the dying seconds of the third period. But let’s be fair that was the only mistake Halak made all night. And it was on the 39th shot of the night.
The Islanders lost, sure, but Halak kept them in the game. Finishing the night with a .929 SV% stopping 39 of 42 shots.
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This loss wasn’t because of some sort of bad bounces or bad goaltending. The Isles got all the bounces they needed to win. They just didn’t show up. Thankfully Halak did. A few more games like that and Halak might just fetch a fancy price on the trade market.