The New York Islanders fell to the Wild by a score of 5-3 after they looked like the better team for most of the way.
It was a definitely a weird game today for the New York Islanders. They lost by two goals, but for a majority of this game, especially early on they looked like the better of the two teams. Here’s how it happened.
Joel Eriksson Ek got the scoring going for both teams with his second goal of the season. In fact, it was Eriksson Ek’s first goal in 50 games. Definitely not the guy you would think would be the one scoring.
It appeared the Islanders were going to head to the dressing room down a goal but Ross Johnston’s hot stick tied up the game with 45 seconds remaining in the first frame.
It was Johnston’s third of the year in just his 10th game this season. Comparatively, Jason Chimera has just two goals in 58 games. Again, I think it’s fair to say Chimera doesn’t see the ice anytime soon.
Less than two minutes into period number two Anders Lee netted his 30th of the season. Lee now has back to back 30 goal seasons for the first time in his career and the Isles had their first lead of the day.
Then things began to fall apart. Matt Cullen had an easy breakaway to tie the game up once again.
When it’s a two-on-zero you know something went terribly wrong. It didn’t end there. Jason Zucker and Tyler Ennis added two more goals in the span of four minutes.
Luckily, Tanner Fritz, who played a heck of a game, scored his first NHL goal before the period expired and it was a one-goal game after two.
The lone goal in the third period came from Jason Zucker and the final score would be 5-3 Wild.
The Islanders had more shots, power play opportunities, and fewer giveaways yet somehow still lost. ou have to chalk this one up to defense, again, which is a shame because as we mentioned they looked like the better team for large portions of this game. The Islanders next game is Thursday against Toronto.