The New York Islanders picked up a critical two points with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes to leapfrog their opponents in the Metropolitan Division rankings.
That’s two wins in a row for the New York Islanders and four points from a possible four. It’s not to say that the Islanders have turned a corner, but two shutouts in a row is a step in the right direction.
But to think that’s in any way sustainable is ridiculous. This team hasn’t changed. And if it has we’ll need a larger sample size than two games to prove it. I don’t want to get caught up in the hype of back-to-back shutouts even though I desperately want to.
The New York Islanders still let up 95 shots against in the last two games. That’s still way too many shots against. If there’s anything to take away its that the goaltenders might be back. Hopefully.
Tale of the Tape
The narrative going into the game was the AHo-Bowl. The first time both Sebastian Aho from Finland from the Carolina Hurricanes and Sebastian Aho from Sweden from the New York Islanders would finally faceoff.
The matchup was far from the narrative on the ice. That belonged to Thomas Greiss. The German netminder was the difference for the Islanders tonight. Stopping all 44 shots he faced tonight to get the second shutout for the Isles this year.
Greiss gave the Islanders chance to win. But in order to do so the forwards had to get the puck int he net, and man-on-fire, Brock Nelson provided a great assist on Johnny Boychuk’s opening and game-winning goal. That’s Brock’s eighth point in eight games.
To be fair, a large amount of credit has to be given to the GOATS Matt Bertani and Doug Holewa for spotting a Jeff Skinner offsides to take back Carolina’s only “goal” of the night. If the game stays 1-1 the game’s momentum might drastically change.
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The Goal That Never Went In The Net
Add in a fantastic individual effort from Anthony Beauvillier and the Carolina Hurricanes were all but sunk.
That was Beau’s 14th of the year. Eclipsing his total from his 2016-17 rookie season by five with 20+ games to go in the regular season. That’s also with a trip to Bridgeport and being glued next to Brock Nelson as he went through his seasonal hibernation.
At 2-0 the Hurricanes tried to wrestle the game back by tossing out the extra skater but it was all for not. As John Tavares raced up the ice on a two on one with Josh Bailey he was tripped with a clear view on goal. And so he was given the goal without even getting the puck on net. 3-0 Isles.
The New York Islanders still aren’t in a playoff position, but they’re right there. If the goaltending has truly sorted itself out then this team could be poised to make one heck of a run. But I’ll believe it when I see it.