The New York Islanders pulled one out of their hat last night as they won 7-6 against the Detroit Red Wings. What did we learn from the game exactly?
Being down 5-2 we all figured the New York Islanders were done an dusted. The comments on Twitter as that fifth Detroit Red Wing goal went in was a mix of confirmation bias, disappointment, and a ton of fans checking out.
Little did they know, to those that checked out early, they’d miss one of the greatest comebacks ever. Over the span of a five-minute power play served by Tyler Bertuzzi for slashing, the Islanders put up four goals. Four goals, five minutes, on a single power play.
To be fair, the Islanders wouldn’t have needed to put up four goals in five minutes if they didn’t go down 5-2 in the first place. If they hadn’t played themselves into a hole they wouldn’t have needed to dig themselves out in the first place.
Defensive lapses and some not great goaltending conspired to almost sink the Islanders. If not for their overwhelmingly powerful offense, there’s no way they dig themselves out of the pickle they created for themselves.
So what did we learn aside from making sure to stick around the next time?