The New York Islanders spoiled the tank late with a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators late in the season. All thanks to Andrew Ladd.
It’s not that the New York Islanders marquee fre agent acquisition from 2016 was a force throughout the game. he was largely invisible. As is the case for most of the season. But he scored the winning goal.
My appologies to those who are only watching to cheer on the tank. The win doesn’t help. But let’s be honest the Islanders aren’t going to drop much further in the draft lottery standings than where they are now.
Is The Tank On Or Not?
The New York Islanders took the lead early against the Seantors. All thanks to Anders Lee on the power play. It was his 39th goal of the season. With six games left, you have to imagine he hits 40+ goals.
Both teams are well and out of the playoffs right now, but playing for pride is a big deal. The Senators weren’t just going to keel over the second the Islanders went up.
Of course they answered on the power play. The Isles have the worst penalty in the league with a 74.9% efficiency.
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Just minutes after that Erik Karlsson did what Erik Kalrsson does to put the Sens up 2-1. Stripping Mat Barzal of the put in the Sens defensive end, skating the
Thankfully, an AHL callup put the Islandesr back in the game with a great connection with Mathew Barzal. It was Beauvillier’s 17th goal of the year and Barzal’s 77th point of the season.
And then, out of nowhere is Brock Nelson doing what Brock Nelson does. Rocket wrist shots in untimely games when nothing matter.s Cause you know, Brock’s got a 20 goal quota to fill.
The Isles are in control of the game and up by one until thr four minuute mark of the third period when Brandon Davidson banks the puck into his own net. Again. It was the second time in two days he’s done it and third time this season.
So the tank was on! The New York Islanders were going to lose, they put up a good effort, but would drop closer to Rasmus Dahlin. Not if Andrew Ladd has anything to say about it.
The Isles now have five games to go in the season. How many of those games do they win? Another two or three?