Over the last week, we saw the New York Islanders get their first loss in eleven games and then get back to winning ways against the Panthers. Here are three key contributors.
It was a week of highs and lows for the Islanders. It started off with a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators. That win gave the Islanders their tenth in a row. Establishing their winning run as the second-longest in franchise history.
But then two days later, the Pittsburgh Penguins ended that streak with a come-from-behind overtime victory. Going into the third period, the Isles were up 3-0 on the Penguins. Usually, when the Islanders score three, they win.
The Isles were 48-2-2 in the Barry Trotz era when scoring three or more goals before the loss to the Penguins. But in the third period, everything came undone and Pittsburgh capitalized. The loss was going to be the Isles first challenge.
The Isles would answer immediately with a solid 2-1 win against a tough Florida Panthers team. That win extended their point streak to 12, giving them 25 points on the year.
With those 25 points, the Islanders are second in the Metropolitan Division and fourth in the NHL. Only Washington (29 points), St Louis (27 points), and Edmonton (26 points) have more than the Isles. The Capitals and Blues have played 18 games, two more than the Islanders, while the Oilers have played 19, three more than the Isles.
The Islanders lost as a team against Pittsburgh and won as a team against Florida playing solid defense and capitalizing on their chances. Just as Lou and Barry would have wanted them to do.
With those games, there are a few individual performances that stand out. In our weekly three stars, we’ll