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New York Islanders Three Takeaways From 2018-19 Game 1

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TN – JANUARY 29: Head Coach Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals speaks during Media Day for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena on January 29, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders picked up their first win of the regular season against the Carolina Hurricanes. It was an ugly win, but a win none-the-less. What should we take away from it?

In their first regular season game under the stewardship of Barry Trotz, the New York Islanders looked like they were still playing for former head coach Doug Weight. The Isles allowed 46 shots against over three periods against the Hurricanes.

Add a late third-period goal to tie the game and every single Islanders fan had flashbacks to 2017-18. A season that featured Dougie blowouts, 50 shots against a night, constant late third period goals, and missing the playoffs by 17 points.

But, even though the Islanders managed less than half of the shots the Hurricanes got (the Isles managed 20 shots against Petr Mrazek), the Isles still managed to escape with the victory to start the season.

It’s not how Barry Trotz would have liked to earn his first win with his third NHL club, but a win’s a win. The Islanders have two points on the board. And come to the end of the day that’s what really matters, winning.

In his post-game chat with MSG’s Shannon Hogan, Trotz gave an honest and sober analysis of his team’s play. Something Islanders fans just aren’t used to hearing.

Looking back at the New York Islanders 2-1 over time win in the 2018-19 season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, here are three takeaways.

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