For the first time in nearly three years, the New York Islanders allowed eight goals in a game. It was a rare clunker from the goalies last night.
March 13, 2017 was the last time the New York Islanders allowed eight goals in a game. They nearly made it three years without doing that, and it’s not something that Barry Trotz hopes happens again anytime soon.
In 2017, Doug Weight took over for Jack Capuano so this was during the Dougie Blowout era. After the first period, the game was tied 2-2 with goals from Ryan Strome and Stephen Gionta (wow, times have changed).
Calvin de Haan gave the Islanders a 3-2 lead early in the second period, this sounds awfully familiar. Last night, it was the Isles who had a 3-1 lead at the eight-minute mark of the second period.
Then, the wheels fell off. Justin Faulk, Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk again, and Jaccob Slavin would add goals making it a 6-3 game. Josh Ho-Sang would add one more before the end of the period to make it 6-4, a six goal period.
In the final frame, Carolina would net two more giving the Isles an ugly 8-4 loss. Thomas Greiss stopped 16 of 20 shots for a .800 save percentage while J.F. Berube had a .692 save percentage in relief. They each allowed four goals a pop.
Neither Greiss or Berube were as bad as the 2019 version of Greiss and Semyon Varlamov last night, who each had a .667 save percentage. Let’s just put this one in the past and forget about it, we’re onto Boston.
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