The New York Islanders aren’t making the playoffs this season. It hasn’t been confirmed just yet because…math. But they ain’t making it. So the next job is to see out the season professionally, or you know tank it up!
The New York Islanders could have simply shown up on Sunday and put up a stinker. You know… what they’ve done practically all season. For some reason against the Hurricanes, they showed up. They didn’t win, but they put up a good account of themselves. Going forward at least.
The Islanders seemed to show up as though it was to spite them for “firing” their GM mid-season. “How dare you do something we should do and make us look bad for not doing it.”
Or maybe it’s just because these players are professionals and don’t dial it in ever. Either or, you take your pick.
Anders Show Up
The Isles seemed to be in full tank mode as they went down 2-0 within five minutes of the game. It all seemed to be exactly what tankers wanted. Another two points off the board, and confirmation that they didn’t need to watch the other 55 minutes of the game.
But the Isles came back! Just like Fred Penner and his cat. They just couldn’t stay away. (They also couldn’t keep the Canes away, but more on that later.)
Josh Bailey was the first to get on the board on a deflection off of a Ryan Pulock point shot. 2-1
After being taken away from John Tavares to start the game, Anders Lee had himself a great night when they eventually got back in together. Lee would get his first on the power play thanks to Barzal and Tavares. 2-2
The Hurricanes would come back to make it 3-2 as Victor Rask put one in for the Canes. Finishing up a juicy rebound right in the slot. It was that kind of night for Jaroslav Halak who went 35-39 for a 0.897SV% on the night.
But hey! Anders Lee got another goal on the night. Again it was on the power play, and again it was on a pass from John Tavares.
It was Anders Lee’s 200th point in his NHL career and exactly the type of goal you expect him to score. He’s now up to 35 on the season and on pace for 40 after a full 82. But then again, the Hurricanes came back to make it 4-3 and close it out.
And that was that. The New York Islanders lost 4-3 in a game they had a great chance to win this game. That now puts them at 1-7-4 in their last 12 games. The tank is alive and well.