New York Islanders Goaltending Costs Another Two Points (Highlights)
New York Islanders dropped another two points in Boston as the goaltending situation once again cost them. There isn’t a whole lot the Islanders can do, but the situation in goal is getting desperate.
Thankfully New York Islanders forward Anders Lee was able to put in his 17th of the season. Because otherwise, this game was a terrible display by the Isles.
For 58 minutes the New York Islanders failed to muster anything offensively. Sure they managed to get 31 shots on Tuukka Rask, but none were of any potential danger. None. Aside from the Anders Lee goal that was.
And to be fair. The Boston Bruins weren’t very good either. They managed 33 shots on goal as they won 3-1. But they generate nothing. The Bruins got one empty-net goal and Jaroslav Halak let in two weak ones.
Turns out all you need to do is block 21 shots and let the Islanders goaltenders make a mistake and you can win the game.
Halak At Fault
The ongoing goaltending saga keeps on as Jaroslav Halak lets in some weak efforts off the Bruins. The first goal was completely uncontested. A shot that shouldn’t have gone through an NHL calibre goaltender.
Just look at that shot. This continues the “Halak lets one bad one a night” narrative. Which is unfortunate. Halak looked sharp at the start of the game. He needed his team to establish a lead early to galvanize that confidence. The longer the game went the more you knew that Halak softy was coming.
And then late in the second period it was more of the same. Halak wasn’t out enough to stop this spinning shot from Danton Heinen.
Marchand Being Marchand
Adding insult to injury was this Brad Marchand hit on John Tavares. All he got was a two-minute interference call.
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The New York Islanders now get to go home and play seven of their next ten at the Barclays. Hopefully, they can continue their 11-1-2 home record. Cause they’ve been bad on the road, going 1-3-1 on this road trip. And more importantly, losing ground in the Metro.