It was the first big loss of the season for the New York Islanders. At least Anthony Beauvillier is still scoring goals.
With back-to-back wins against the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers the New York Islanders were cruising.
But it only took 20 minutes for the Islanders to completely capitulate and get their first loss in three games. With a 6-2 loss it hearkened back to the Doug Weight years.
Six times last season the Isles lost by four goals or more. The difference now is that you wouldn’t expect this type of game toe repeat itself.
Who else but Anthony Beauvillier scores the New York Islanders first goal of the game. After scoring a hat-trick against the New York Rangers, Beau continued his form with his fourth in four periods.
After Pulock tries to slapshot a puck right through Ben Bishop the rebound drops to Leo Komarov who makes one heck of a pass to Beauvillier behind him and alone in the slot.
The Isles continued to give up opportunities to the Dallas Stars, but Thomas Greiss did what he always does and kept the door shut.
But it took the Stars just under five minutes to make the score 2-1. First it was Esa Lindell alone in the slot to get it by Thomas Greiss and then it was Roope Hotlz shortly after.
And it didn’t get any better.
Three minutes later Esa Lindell scored his second of the game and third of the year.
And that was it for Thomas Greiss after allowing three goals on 19 shots. Out went Thomas Greiss, in came Robin Lehner.
By the 14 minute mark of the second the Stars added a fourth to make it 4-1 thank to Tyler Seguin.
The Stars played a flawless pressure game and were rewarded with a few cheap goals by Thomas Greiss who won’t be happy about his game.
Hope was restored early in the third period thanks to Scott Mayfield who simply got the puck towards the net and was rewarded with his third goal of the 2018-19 season.
But whatever hope might have been created it was quickly dashed as the Dallas Stars scored their fifth of the day thanks to Alex Radulov on the breakaway.
Adding a second goal in just a minute later, Radulov gave the Islanders their first “Dougie blowout” of the season. That’s a loss of 4 goals or more.
The Isles were second best on the ice. They were second to the puck most of the time and were caught puck watching just as often. Both were symptoms of the Doug Weight era.
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1. Alex Radulov: 2 goals, 1 assist
The Russian winger was at his best versus the Islanders. Opportunistic and lethal. It’s exactly what the Stars want from their top line players.
2. Esa Lindell: 2 goals
He put in the first one to start the Stars rout of the Isles and added a second that would prove to be the game-winner. Enough said.
3. Anthony Beauvillier: 1 goal
It’s good to have Beauvillier back. That’s hos fourth goal in two games. If the Islanders are going to stay the course in the Metro standings they’ll need scoring throughout the lineup.