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Islanders Drop Third In A Row vs Bruins (Highlights)

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal by Tim Schaller
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal by Tim Schaller /

The New York Islanders just dropped their third in a row and their fifth game of the last seven. It’s panic time in Brooklyn.

The Islanders kicked off 2018 with a home loss to the red-hot Boston Bruins. It started out close but the Bruins had the momentum flipped onto their side in the second period.

Danton Heinen got the scoring underway for the Boston Bruins with a goal 8:17 into the period. Jaroslav Halak didn’t have much of a chance to see the puck as it was a one-timer off a faceoff, so you just have to tip your cap to Heinen on that one.

The Islanders responded right away, just 1:13 later Jordan Eberle tied up the game at one:

It was his 14th of the season, and it and it came in a big spot. Unfortunately, things pretty much just went right downhill from this point.

In the second period, the Islanders were outshot 17-8. The Bruins put a ton of pressure on Jaroslav Halak and they were able to take advantage. Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins the lead with an odd goal that actually came from behind the net.

Jaro couldn’t find the puck as it bounced over the net and Bergeron just tossed it of Halak’s skate and in. A flukey kind of goal, but it still counts as just the same.

The Bruins kept the attack going in the third as the unanswered goals continued. Brad Marchand added his 16th, Tim Schaller his fifth and Noel Acciari’s fifth came on the empty-netter.

The Islanders lost for the fifth time in five games by a score of 5-1. Clearly, this game put the Islanders biggest flaws on display; the play in their own zone.

Over the last three games, the Isles have been outscored 13-3. That once dominant offense has gone dormant and the blue and orange haven’t been able to compensate for it.

Next: January 2018 Notes

I’m not sure how much longer Garth Snow can sit on his hands without making a move. There are glaring holes on defense, in net, and the third line. We’re watching a playoff spot trickly through our hands like sand through an hourglass.