Penalty Kill Gave Them A Chance
With penalties to Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck, the Islanders had their work cut out for them late in the third period. Both penalties were 30 seconds apart, giving the Flames significant time at 5-on-3.
After a good second period where the Islanders were able to level the score at 1-1, going down by two men was far from ideal. Not to mention that the Flames were pretty good on the power play.
The Flames hold a 22.1 percent efficiency on the power play ranking ninth in the NHL. Not a good development for the Islanders considering the Flames showed exactly how devastating they can be on the man advantage.
That Tkachuk PPG came only 19 seconds after Nick Leddy went off for slashing on Sean Monahan.
But the Isles held on limiting the Flames chances. The flames only managed two shows on net and both came at 5-on-4. And none in that extended 5-on-3.
The Islanders penalty kill did what it needed to do in that second period to keep the Islanders in the game.
The Islanders were able to get some momentum out of the PK as they tried to take their first lead of the night.
Going into the playoffs a strong penalty kill can set team apart. When the Islanders inevitably take a penalty in the post-season they’ll know the PK can bail them out.