Don’t Count Them Out
The New York Islanders played like garbage for a full 40 minutes against the St Louis Blues. Barry Trotz said it himself in the post-game comments to Shannon Hogan. The Islanders were terrible. And they were down 2-1 after the second period for it.
If not for the fourth line of Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas, and Cal Clutterbuck coming up clutch to start period number two, the Islanders would have left the second period down 2-0 and with eight shots for.
Eight! The Islanders were held to six shots in the first 20 and then to just two shots in the second period. Two! But somehow, in the third period, they strung together a few chances and made the Blues pay.
Don’t make any illusions, the Islanders didn’t pepper the Blues with shots. They only had six in the third period. But with the few chances they created, they delivered, scoring on 50 percent of their shots in the third period.
With Martin’s goal in the second period, the Islanders added another three unanswered goals in the third period on Jake Allen and the Blues. Very much against the run of play.
The Isles are now 11-8-0 when the opposition scores first. So even when the score is 2-0 you can’t count the New York Islanders out of the game. Against the Blues, they needed only 12 minutes to complete the comeback and take the two points.
Remember 2017-18? If the Islanders went down 2-0 no one would have stuck around to see the end result. We already knew it was going to be a Dougie blowout. But rather than stick their tails between their legs after going down, the Islanders have fight this season. Coming back from a two goals deficit isn’t impossible this season. In fact it seems likely.