Blocking Too Much Rubber
How many shots does a team normally block in a game? Because I’m pretty sure that teams don’t block as many as the New York Islanders did against the Vancouver Canucks.
Through 60 minutes, the New York Islanders blocked 25 shots. Leading the way for the Islanders was Ryan Pulock with six and Johnny Boychuk with four.
That’s 32 shots for, 25 shots blocked. I don’t want to look at how the Islanders did in terms of Corsi. I can only imagine it was terrible.
(I looked. It was; 35.96 percent CF%.)
Even though the Islanders would win the game by a score of 4-0, they were not the better team on the ice. And some of the Isles players will be sporting a few extra bruises for it.
The second period was particularly tough for the Islanders as the Canucks were all over the Islanders. Three power plays will do that.
Bu Barry Trotz has to look at that second period and drill his team to limit these types of performances. Too often we see the Islanders wilt away in the second period.
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There has to be a happy medium where the New York Islanders can be effective while dictating the pace in the first period, while also ensuring they can be effective in the second period.