New York Islanders: Barry Trotz Again Proves He’s The Best Coach In The NHL

Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In a 2-2 game, Barry Trotz called a timeout to rip the New York Islanders. It worked wonders as they would go on to win 3-2 in overtime.

The third period couldn’t have started any worse for the New York Islanders. Within the first few moments of the period, the Islanders let up two point-blank scoring chances for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The first one likely would’ve been the worst goal of Greiss’ career as he somehow let a wobbler past him but it luckily hit the post and went out.

The second one was just pure luck. Boone Jenner trickled one past Thomas Greiss and somehow the puck stayed out of the net with both Greiss and Scott Mayfield swiping at it.

Almost immediately after this, Barry Trotz called a timeout and started ripping into his team behind the bench. That’s something we almost never see publicly out of Barry Trotz.

Doug Weight used to be screaming his head off behind the bench all the time, it was obvious with him when he was upset with his team or with the referees. With Trotz, that stuff usually happens behind closed doors. Not yesterday.

With the Isles playing an awful second period and getting off to an abysmal start in the third Trotz called his team over and let them have it. They deserved it.

After the game, Shannon Hogan asked him what he said to his team. He gave us the PG version:

Barry summed it up perfectly, to no surprise. After a strong first period, the Isles were on cruise control for the next 23 minutes or so. After the much-needed timeout, they looked better and got an overtime win, making it four in a row for the Islanders.

This is why Trotz is the best coach in the NHL. He gets the most out of each of his guys. There’s no way that the Islanders with Tom Kuhnhackl on the top line should be winning games on a regular basis, yet here we are again with the Islanders in a playoff spot in this early season.

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Islanders fans should thank their lucky stars every single day that Barry Trotz is behind the bench for this team.