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New York Islanders Daily: Containing The League’s Best Offense

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 17: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the New York Islanders advances the puck past Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche en route to an empty net goal in the third period at the Pepsi Center on December 17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 17: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the New York Islanders advances the puck past Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche en route to an empty net goal in the third period at the Pepsi Center on December 17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders were faced with the difficult task of containing the best offense in the league last night. They were successful in a 4-1 win.

Before yesterday’s game, we discussed at length how difficult it would be to contain the Colorado Avalanche’s top line. In impressive fashion, the New York Islanders obliged and were able to escape Denver with a win.

With a combined 150 points between the three of them, the Av’s top unit of Landeskog – MacKinnon – Rantanen is a force to be reckoned with. Two of the three are on pace for over 120 points and Landeskog was on pace for 99 heading into last night.

Despite all of this, the Islanders only allowed one goal last night. It came on the heels of a Ryan Pulock cross-check. Gabriel Landeskog netted his 22nd goal of the year on the man advantage and that’s all Colorado would be able to muster up.

The Isles head the Av’s to 31 shots in the game, which is roughly an average night for them. In the third period, New York especially turned it on, only allowing eight shots in the entire period, including when Colorado pulled their goalie to get an extra skater.

While guys like Johnny Boychuk had their best game’s of the season, it’s also important to credit the coach in this situation. The Barry Trotz effect is real ladies and gentleman and you should be excited.

With Christmas approaching, the Islanders are currently in a playoff spot. Who would’ve guessed that after the disaster of an offseason? Credit to Barry for getting the most out of this team.

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