The New York Islanders scored three unanswered goals just to give up a goal 1:13 seconds later and lose in the third period.
I hate this team. I really do. That was one of the most mind-numbingly frustrating hockey games I have ever watched. Let’s take a look back at how the Islanders invented new ways to infuriate their fans.
In the first period, the Isles dominated in puck possession and putting shots on net. The Islanders had 10 compared to the Sabres four. You would think that would mean the Isles at least are leading in the game.
Wrong. At the end of the first, the score was already 2-0 Buffalo. The Sabres scored on half their shots, a .500 save percentage from Jaroslav Halak in the first period. Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues were the two Sabres scorers.
In the second Ryan O’Reilly added another at the 7:18 mark in the frame. At this point, with a 3-0 lead, it looked like the Isles were on their way to a Dougie Blowout against the worst team in the conference.
John Tavares netted his 28th on the year just past the 13-minute mark to put the Isles on the board:
The Isles went into the dressing room after two periods of play trailing by two goals despite outshooting Buffalo 20-14. For 15 minutes of the third period, the Isles actually looked pretty good.
Ross Johnston, again, scored a goal in a big spot. He’s now got two goals in four games and it brought the Isles within one. Then on the power play, Anders Lee netted his 28th on the year to tie the game up.
Unfortunately the high of coming from behind, down three only lasted so long. Just 1:13 later Sam Reinhart gave Buffalo the lead once more. That would do it, the Isles lost by a score of 4-3.
I really don’t know why I let myself get all juiced up for this team. I let myself believe that they are actually going to come back and win. Well, they tied it up just to come crashing down less than two minutes later.
I honestly couldn’t listen to the post-game presser. If I have to hear about them fighting hard one more time or if I hear the word injury again I’m going to projectile vomit.