The New York Islanders ended 2017 with a brutal loss against the Colorado Avalanche. The Isles fell apart in the second period.
This was probably the last thing the New York Islanders wanted to end their 2017. They played in Colorado and it was all Avalanche.
Patrik Nemeth got the scoring underway with a goal at the 9:31 mark of the first period. That was the lone goal of the period. Jaroslav Halak was able to stop 11 of 12 shots faced in the period.
Period number two was a rough one for the Islanders. The Avalanche added four goals in the period courtesy of Matt Nieto, Carl Soderbog, and Gabriel Landeskog twice. There was nothing Jaro could do, the team around him completely fell apart in their own zone.
Doug Weight also got ejected in the second period, which at least added some comic relief on an otherwise lost night.
I couldn’t blame him for wanting to take an early exit, I wish I could’ve but instead I powered through in order to provide some post game content for Isles fans to vent to.
In period number three the Islanders finally got on the board courtesy of Josh Bailey. His 12th goal of the season was Bailey’s 50th point on the season. In all seriousness good for Josh Bailey, hitting 50 points before the New Year is something to be proud of and a silver lining to an ugly day.
Shortly there after Erik Johnson beat Thomas Greiss to give Colorado a five goal lead once again. 6-1 would be the final score in an embarrassing effort to close out 2017.
The Islanders have a tough stretch of games coming up as they play the Bruins on Tuesday night. Happy New Year to all of our readers and we appreciate all of you!