The New York Islanders suffered their second home loss in regulation with a 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. Thanks to Kari Lehtonen. The other team’s goalie.
The New York Islanders wanted revenge for the last time these two teams met. When the Isles were embarrassed 5-0 in Dallas when absolutely nothing worked for them.
Tonight, the Stars won again. The New York Islanders were nowhere near as bad as they were in Dallas a few weeks ago. But they faced a hot goalie in Kari Lehtonen.
I know! When was the last time that you heard that about Kari Lehtonen? Never. Right? I surely can’t remember a time. but tonight, the Finnish netminder was on his A game. He desperately wanted that 300th career win, and he got it.
Kari, So Hot Right Now
At the start of the game, I got all cocky on twitter as I saw that Lehtonen was in net and not Ben Bishop. That would come to bite me in the behind real quick. As the Stars put one up on the board quickly.
That was what the third goal like this that has been scored on the New York Islanders in the last few games. The puck shot from the point off the board gets to the front of the net and is uncontested and the opposition just bats it into an open cage. Too easy, that has to stop.
And then Jaroslav Halak lets in a very Jaro goal. Radulov coming in on the wing just tosses it on net and it trickles in. Somehow. Halak thought he had it, and was clearly mad at himself for letting it in. But this is a growing theme with Halak; soft goals.
After that the Stars went into cruise control, adding another three and building a 5-0 advantage over the New York Islanders. Again! Thankfully, Anders Lee would have something to say before the game was through.
Ders added his 18th, and 19th of the season to fall just two shy of the NHL lead in goal scoring. His second of the night was particularly nice as Lehtonen made the initial save, but Lee was able to bat it into the net in mid-air.
The New York Islanders now go back to Columbus to face another team that beat them 5-0 on opening night of the season. Hopefully, this home loss means they’ll now win on the road? That’s how it works right?