The New York Islanders fell to the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-4 in overtime. It was a game they probably should’ve won.
Sure the New York Islanders bumped themselves into a playoff spot with the one point, but they should’ve easily came away with two against the Nashville Predators. The Islanders really missed an opportunity tonight.
In the first period, the Isles were granted a power play opportunity. John Tavares capitalized with his 27th on the year from Josh Bailey and Anders Lee.
The underrated and underappreciated line returned and looked pretty good, getting the Islanders on the board first.
The Isles continued to look like the better team until Kevin Fiala scored not once but twice in a row just 1:28 apart. Thankfully the Nashville lead was only short lived.
Ryan Pulock and his booming slapshot were able to beat Pekka Rinne to tie up the game for the Islanders. Casey Cizikas was able to add one more giving the Isles a 3-2 lead after one period of play.
Nick Leddy was able to add another goal early in the second period to give the Isles a two-goal lead against the Preds. That’s pretty much the moment the offense stopped.
The Isles finished the second period with nine shots and the third period with just seven while giving away the lead. Sure they held Nashville to just six shots on goal but they still blew a third-period lead with under a minute to go.
Overtime was exciting as always but Pekka Rinne had the last laugh:
Roman Josi ended it in overtime, thus keeping the Islanders from gaining the two points they desperately needed. With the overtime loss, the team is now 26-22-6 but are still sitting in a Wild Card spot all tied up with the Blue Jackets.
The frustrating thing, as we know, is how close the Islanders are to being competitive. With Scott Mayfield leaving tonight does Garth Snow finally make a move? Only one can hope.