The New York Islanders lost their fifth straight with a weak 4-0 effort against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Who have now leapfrogged the Isles in the standings.
Just before the end of the 2017 calendar year, the New York Islanders sat in a wildcard spot in the eastern conference. They didn’t hold the position by much but they were in a playoff spot. Now, just a few weeks later they’ve fallen two points out of a playoff spot.
After losing the fourth strait the New York Islanders had to come out strong against the Penguins. We heard talk from head coach Doug Weight that the isles needed some toughness. They need to show up.
And for the first 15 minutes or so the New York Islanders were onto of the Penguins. But they just couldn’t find anything to go thanks to Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry.
Plenty of Chances
The Islanders generated plenty of chances. In the first period alone the Isles squandered a decent power play, a 3on1 opportunity that went nowhere as Tristan Jarry, called up from the AHL looked like a bonafide NHL starter.
Through the first twenty minutes, the game was tied 0-0 even after the Penguins pushed in the last quarter of the opening frame. And then the Penguins came out and put up two goals in the opening few minutes of the second frame.
And it didn’t get any better from there as the Penguins would add another two goals. And the Isles? Well, they’d keep getting a few chances and could bury a single one of them.
What made everything worse is that all of Josh Bailey, Andrew Ladd, and Ryan Pulock all left the ice at a certain point of the game and did not return. Adding insult to injury.
As you can tell there weren’t too many highlights from the game. The highlights are just low lights. Squandered opportunities and just being the lesser of the two teams and facing a hot backup goalkeeper.