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New York Islanders 3 Things Learnt In Win Over Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Josh Ho-Sang #26 of the New York Islanders celebrates a goal by teammate Mathew Barzal #13 against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Josh Ho-Sang #26 of the New York Islanders celebrates a goal by teammate Mathew Barzal #13 against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders Can Hang

Call it an off day. Blame it on the backup AHL goalie between the pipes. Say whatever you will to justify the loss for the Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto fans (and I know you will). The result was a win by the Islanders and not a loss by the Maple Leafs.

Where the Leafs “off” on the night? Maybe, but the Isles still needed to execute to win. Was the loss due to Garret Sparks between the pipes? Not at all. Sparks was perhaps the Leafs best player on the ice. The score could have easily been 6-0 if not for Sparks.

The win proves that the New York Islanders can hang with the big clubs in the NHL.

The Islanders held the second best team in the league in terms of points (54) and in terms of goals for (144) to zero goals and a big fat ‘L’. When playing the way that Barry Trotz wants them to play the New York Islanders are a force on the ice.

It by no means indicates that the Islanders are a better team than the Maple Leafs. What it states is that the Islanders place in the standings is justified.

The fact that after the 4-0 win they are a single point back of the Montreal Canadiens for the last wildcard spot in the East and two points off the Pittsburgh Penguins for the last seeded spot in the Metro is justified. They deserve to be in that position.

With still over a half-season to go and the New York Islanders starting to string together some wins (six from a possible seven), it will be interesting to see how far they can take this.

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