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New York Islanders Three Takeaways From Ugly 4-3 Win Over Blues

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders glances at a referee during the third period against the Florida Panthers at the Barclays Center on October 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders glances at a referee during the third period against the Florida Panthers at the Barclays Center on October 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NY – DECEMBER 06: The New York Islanders celebrate a goal against the St. Louis Blues at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 6, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Blues defeated the Islanders 6-4. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY – DECEMBER 06: The New York Islanders celebrate a goal against the St. Louis Blues at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 6, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Blues defeated the Islanders 6-4. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders didn’t deserve to come away with a 4-3 win over the St Louis Blues on Saturday. But they did. So what did we learn?

Like I said in the post-game piece, good teams find a way to win even when they shouldn’t. The New York Islanders did just that against the St Louis Blues.

It was their sixth win in a row and ninth in ten games. More importantly, the win put the Islanders in the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The win also put them nine points up on the next Metropolitan Division team.

Going into the 2018-19 season we expected that the Islanders would put up a few performances like they did against the Blues. Get outshot 2:1 (the Isles managed 14 shots against Jake Allen), be a no-show for most of the game, and spend way too much time in their own zone.

At the start of the 2018-19, we expected them to lose these games. If you told me in October that the Islanders would manage 14 shots against the St Louis Blues on the road and win 4-3 I’d have called you crazy.

But here we are on January 6th, 2019 and this is the reality of the New York Islanders. They’re a team that continues to defy expectations and deliver win-after-win.

What did the 4-3 win over the Blues teach us about the Islanders?

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