Last night, the New York Islanders gave us one entertaining game as they took on the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Coliseum.
Yesterday was as close to a playoff feel in a non-playoff game that you can get. The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning, the two best teams in the Eastern Conference battled back and forth in a very intense battle.
For the Islanders, they hadn’t played in 10 days but you couldn’t tell by the intensity from the start of the game. Both teams had their chances, but the goalies were phenomenal and the teams got real chippy with each other.
The teams combined for 55 hits last night, and 10 penalty minutes. Proving just how chippy it got between the two Eastern Conference Division leaders. Regulation ended in a scoreless tie with both teams scratching and clawing for any opportunity. Overtime would end in the same fashion, forcing the most exciting game of the season to date to a skills competition.
Victor Hedman scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Lightning won the game 1-0. The Isles still gained a point and also proved once again that they can hand with the best team in the league.
Based on last night, we need a full seven-game series between these two teams. They were keeping up stride for stride with each other, skill vs system, and it was beyond fun to watch.
In their first matchup this year, the Islanders lost 4-2, but the game was much closer than the score indicates. Remember, it was tied at two with under two minutes to go when the Isles made an awful play in their own zone which had Tyler Johnson give Tampa the lead. An empty-net goal made it a two-goal victory for the Lightning.
Then in the second matchup, the Isles blew them out 5-1. Putting on an absolute clinic against the heavily favored Lightning. The Islanders were in each of the three games they played, winning one.
I know the sexy storyline is Islanders vs Toronto but give me Tampa. These teams matchup really well against each other and it would be a phenomenal series.