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New York Islanders Three Stars in 3-1 Loss To Washington Capitals

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 01: Head Coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders coaches against the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 01: Head Coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders coaches against the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 01: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 01: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It wasn’t a great performance, but who on the New York Islanders deserves some love as part of the three stars?

After beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 on Thursday in what seemed like a playoff game, the New York Islanders welcomed the Washington Capitals to the Nassau Coliseum for what would also be a playoff type game.

Both teams are locked in a battle for the division lead coming into the game. Before tonight’s action the New York Islanders sat on top of the Metropolitan Division with 81 points from 63 games.

The Capitals are two points behind the Isles with 79 points from 64 games.

Both teams played a low risk-high reward type of style. Neither was wiling to do anything drastic to cost themselves the game. That meant for large stretches the game felt rather dull.

The Islanders played well for most of it but a bad bounce on a dubious penalty and an own goal in the third period cost them as the Capitals scored three unanswered goals for the 3-1 win.

Even in a loss its still possible to have at least three players that stand out for the New York Islanders. These are my picks, what are your picks for the Isles three stars from tonight?

Issue of the game: Inconsistent Refs

For some reason the referees decided to start making calls in the final minutes of the third period rather than consistently throughout the game.

They have one job, call any and all infractions (that they see). They didn’t do that tonight.

With the way the Isles power play works right now who knows if that would have helped though. (Thank you for letting me vent.)

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