In the midst of an eight-game losing streak, the New York Islanders needed to win against the Calgary Flames. If only to save face and have some sort of pride as they close out 2017-18.
The New York Islanders only have a handful of games to go in the 2017-18 season. A season that can be defined as an absolute disappointment. Ending things with an eight-game losing streak, or more, is an embarrassment. As in a bigger one than is currently the case.
Yeah. It’s possible.
In a game the Islanders needed to win, they came out on fire and took an early lead against Calgary. But as seasoned New York Islanders fans, you know it wasn’t going to be a comfy or cozy ride.
Good thing they had a goalie that could stop a number of pucks. Cause he was going to get shelled.
A Good Offense Isn’t a Good Defense
Everything started well with maligned defenseman Nick Leddy getting the New York Islanders on the board in a hurry. Follow that up with another goal, 18 seconds later from Johnny Boychuk, and the Isles looked like they’d cruise to victory.
Leddy hadn’t scored since February 9th and Boychuk hadn’t put one in since February 16th. Both of these guys needed the confidence of getting a puck going into the net. And they got it.
But there was still 57 minutes to go in the game. Way too much time for the Isles to Isles it up if you ask me. Or anyone who follows the Isles for that fact.
And then eight minutes later Jordan Eberle puts another one in the net for a 3-1 lead. Fifty minutes still remained.
With his 24th goal of the season, Jordan Eberle could very-well hit 30 goals by the end of the year. Think about that for a second. John Tavares and Anders Lee could both put up 40 goal seasons. Eberle could put up 30. Mat Barzal should be the Calder trophy winner. And Josh Bailey is a point per game player. I never want to hear that a good offense is a good defense again.
Everything was looking good for the Islanders, until they absolutely fell asleep int he third period. With the game still in hand, the Islanders seemingly let the Flames take the play to them.
The Flames obviously took advantage and put up 19 shots against to the Islanders four. More importantly they closed the gap to 4-2. Thankfully, Gibson was there to shut the door-ish.
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Chris Gibson, #TheFuture
We talk about the New York Islanders prospects Linus Soderstrom and Ilya Sorokin being desirable goaltenders for next season. But what about the Islanders current third string goalie?
Tonight, Gibson faced 50 shots on goal and 93 shot attempts against. Like I said before, he got shelled tonight.
In his last three starts, Chris Gibson has an above 0.940SV%. In his three starts this season, Gibson is an average .958SV% and a 2.00GAA.
I know the idea of an Isles drafted prospect being a starter for the Isles. But how about getting a starter in that insane haul the isles got for Michael Grabner?
With a win, the New York Islanders get out from under the terrible losing streak. But the work to get back in the playoffs is Herculainly impossible to overcome. All we can take form this is “at least it wasn’t nine”. Which isn’t actually worth much.