The New York Islanders lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs after jumping out to an early two-goal lead in the first period.
After not playing since Presidents Day, the New York Islanders came out flying in Toronto. The Islanders put up 13 shots in the first frame alone something that’s usually rare for them as they start slow often.
Ryan Pulock was able to get things started with a beastly slapper.
Unbelievable stuff from Pulcok. He really played a heck of a game tonight both offensively and defensively if you want to take a positive spin on the game.
The Islanders would tack on another before the end of the period. This time it was Mathew Barzal with his 17 on the year giving the Isles a two-goal lead.
Unfortunately, Mitch Marner was able to get the Leafs within one late in the period. Still, the Isles only allowed seven shots against a strong offensive team and had a one-goal lead so I would chalk that period up as a win.
In the second neither team scored. The Islanders were forced to kill three penalties in the period but the PK and Jaroslav Halak stood tall while the ice was shifted in Toronto’s favor.
In period three the Islanders got numerous pucks by Andersen, they just didn’t get into the net. He got extremely lucky on numerous occasions tonight. Luck was on Toronto’s side as Morgan Reilly was able to get one past Halak.
Jordan Eberle quickly responded with his 21st of the season.
Another three-point night for Mathew Barzal, the eighth time this year. This lead wouldn’t last the period though. Auston Matthews threw one on net that Halak saved but then bounced off Nick Leddy’s skate and in.
Just one of those nights.
It would go to overtime and later a shootout, and Toronto would come away with the win thanks to Tyler Bozak in the shootout.
Some positives were the Islanders allowed only 31 shots, got a point, and Ryan Pulock looked really good. The negative is they didn’t get two points when they could’ve. Back at it on Saturday.