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New York Islanders Whimper to 4-0 Loss to Montreal Canadiens: Highlights, 3 Stars

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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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Thomas Hickey #14 of the New York Islanders reacts after a goal by Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New Jersey Devils in the first period during their game at Barclays Center on January 16, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Highlight of the Night

I didn’t think I’d be able to find a highlight from this game. The Islanders were completely outclassed by the Montreal Canadiens on the night. Carey Price was once again outstanding.

The Islanders didn’t score, they barely put up a whimper. That last part is the biggest issue for the Islanders. Absolutely no one for the Islanders was willing to put up a fight.

Not when Scott Mayfield took a late hit in the first period or when Scott Mayfield took a late-and-high hit from Andrew Shaw in the third period. There was no response. Nothing.

Until Thomas Hickey saw Brendan Gallagher trying to skate his way into the Islanders zone. Hickey lined him up and exploded into the Canadiens forward.

(Gallagher did not like the hit too much and tried to let Thomas Hickey know with some fisticuffs.)

When a team is down 4-0 usually there’s a response. Teams don’t want to be embarrassed and they let the opposition know. The Islanders have not done not.

Again, in the post-game with AJ Mleczko, Barry Trotz mentioned that players need to step up in situations like that second hit on Mayfield. When you’re being routed and your teammate is on the ice, you need to step up.

There seems to be no fight in this team, so it’s nice to see some guys step up when the opportunity presents itself. Good on Thomas Hickey. The Isles shouldn’t have to count on Thomas Hickey to raise the physicality level for the game, but I’m glad he was there to do it.

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