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