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New York Islanders Daily: Goalies Struggle In Loss To Capitals

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Christopher Gibson
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Christopher Gibson

The New York Islanders held the Washington Capitals to just 22 shots on goal, but still, let up seven goals. It wasn’t a good night for the goalies.

In last night’s loss to the Capitals, the New York Islanders netminders really struggled. Chris Gibson got the start after three impressive starts to his name in 2018. It didn’t go as planned for him.

Gibson headed into the night with a .957 save percentage That would quickly change, as he only lasted 30 minutes in goal before he was pulled.

On 12 shots Chris only stopped seven. For the first time this year, Gibson let up five goals. On the night Gibson had a .583 save percentage, which as you know, is horrific. After that performance, his save percentage dropped to .927 and his goals against skyrocketed to 3.01.

In relief, Jaroslav Halak was better, but due to his small sample size his save percentage wasn’t pretty. He stopped eight of nine shots faced giving him a .889 save percentage on the evening.

You would think holding the Capitals to just 22 shots would be a positive thing for the Islanders. In this case, you’d be severely mistaken.

Oddly enough, ever since Doug Weight implemented the defensive change, the Islanders have struggled when allowing fewer than 30 shots. Riddle me that one…

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