The New York Islanders were unable to complete the third period comeback and beat the Minnesota Wild, who went on to win their 12th in a row.
Just when you think the Islanders are going to comeback and win the game the third period voodoo gets ’em once again. Here’s the highlights from tonight’s action:
It started off a little interesting as MSG lost its feed from Minnesota. We were listening to Brendan and Butch but saw either a picture displayed by MSG saying please hold or the Wild’s Fox Sports feed that was seconds behind the action. It was rough, and it lasted for a solid chunk of the first period.
It was Nick Leddy who gave the Islanders their first lead of the night, 6:15 into the second (on the power play no less).
What happened next is where things got really weird. The Wild would get three goals in a 80 second span. Chris Stewart, Jared Spurgeon, and Jordan Schroeder all netted a goal to give the Wild a 4-2 lead.
Jaroslav Halak was sent to the bench and in came J.F. Berube. Some of the goals were on Halak but Travis Hamonic looked lost tonight, his struggles continue.
The score remained 4-2 heading into the third period. But just 55 seconds in Brock Nelson, a Minnesota kid, scored.
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But wait there’s more! 42 seconds later Brock Nelson tied up the game
So after the Islanders grabbed a lead then they had a breakdown in the second period they stormed right back in the third period. That is until Erik Haula scored on a deflection from Nino Niederreiter.
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The Wild would add an empty netter for good measure winning this one by a score of 6-4. The scoring was there but the defense and goal tending were not.
Oddly enough the Islanders have scored 17 goals in their last four games but John Tavares only has one of them. The secondary scoring has been great, they just need more consistency from their goalie and defenseman.
If you score four goals you should win the game. Period. The Islanders can’t afford to lose games like this, they have way too much ground to make up.