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New York Islanders 3 Takeaways from 3-1 Loss to Buffalo Sabres

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders exits the ice following a 4-1 loss against the New Jersey Devils during their game at Barclays Center on January 16, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders exits the ice following a 4-1 loss against the New Jersey Devils during their game at Barclays Center on January 16, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 01: Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 01, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders were playing in their first regular season game since April of 2015 when the team moved their home games to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Islanders defeated the Blue Jackets 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Second Period Woes

On most nights the New York Islanders come out of the gates flying. You can tell they have one thing on their mind; win the game.

We’ve seen them use that explosive first period to great effect against teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning. Where a three goal blitz in the opening frame powered the Isles to a 5-1 win.

But that energetic first period isn’t always followed up with an equal effort in the second period.

Blame it on the long change if you want, but there’s no denying that the New York Islanders aren’t great in the second period.

They showed that against the Buffalo Sabres. Even though the Islanders somehow managed to escape the period with a positive shot differential.

The Islanders just didn’t have it going in the second frame. They had a hard time connecting two passes together and found it difficult to get quality chances against Linus Ullmark.

What made things go from bad to worse was Jason Pominville putting in Buffalo’s second and go-ahead goal of the evening.

The Islanders need to a find a way to put in a more consistent effort in the second period so they don’t have to come out guns blazing in period three.

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