The New York Islanders fell to the lowly Montreal Canadiens by a score of 3-1 tonight on the road. It was an ugly one to watch.
For about the fourth game in a row, the Islanders did a good job at suppressing shots, only allowing 26 shots on goal. Unfortunately, that was just about the only thing that went well for the team tonight.
Mathew Barzal had a sweet goal making Montreal defenders look completely silly. Since it was the lone Islanders highlight from the night we may as well appreciate him.
Paul Byron tied up the contest at the 11:02 mark and any momentum the Islanders had was gone at that point. After one, the score was tied at one.
The second period was the worst of the three for the Islanders. They allowed a power play goal to Jonathan Drouin at the 8:29 mark and then a goal to Nikita Scherbak at the 13:37 mark of the period.
After jumping out to an early lead in the game the Islanders saw that lead disappear by the end of the second period. No one outside the second line was able to generate much offense. Doug Weight brought back the “Cappy Line Generator” tonight as he swapped Tavares and Barzal to try to get some offensive juices flowing.
The third period was all kinds of gross for both teams. The Islanders had just eight shots on goal while Montreal had just five.
Wait maybe the Chris Wagner addition is working after all! The Isles out-hit the Canadiens 39-18. If you can’t win at least “Hit Em First?”
Tonight the Islanders made Antti Niemi who is on his third team this year, who has a save percentage below .900 and a goals against average above 3.70 look like a stud. The season is spiraling out of control and it ain’t pretty.