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New York Islanders Three Things Learned From Detroit Win

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders skates against the Detroit Red Wings at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Red Wings defeated the Islanders 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders skates against the Detroit Red Wings at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Red Wings defeated the Islanders 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 19: The Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal by Mike Green
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 19: The Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal by Mike Green

They Aren’t All In

It’s not to say that the New York Islanders don’t want to win or that they aren’t trying. But what was evident against Detroit is that the Islanders have yet another level they can achieve. So long as they feel like it.

We’ve seen the Islanders fumble their way around a number of games through this season and ones passed. When they go down early they rarely seem like they can dig themselves out of it.

But against Detroit, we say a whole new level of desperation. After losing against the Buffalo Sabres the night before the Isles were clearly in no mood to repeat.

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And so when they were given an opportunity with that five-minute major, they took it. Oh boy did they take the opportunity.

Nelson (his second of the night), Lee, Leddy, and Bailey all chipped in with power-play goals in just over three and a half minutes to take a 6-5 lead with less than two minutes of regulation to play.

On the power play, the Islanders looked committed and determined. They cycled the puck around with speed and purpose. And, more importantly, they shot the darned puck.

Sure, something can be said that Detroit hasn’t been great this year and that the power play came near the end of the game when both teams were likely tired. But we’ve seen the Islanders waste golden opportunities like this before.

The Islanders could feel the pressure. Maybe it was Doug Weight yelling at them again in the dressing room. Maybe it was the Barclays fans booing the team for what was turning out to be lackluster performance and disappointing loss. Either way, they felt it and answered.

Which is nice in the moment, but it makes you wonder why that can’t be replicated outside of being down 5-2 to Detroit after losing to Buffalo. Cause that scenario won’t happen too often.

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