The New York Islanders offense struggled again but Semyon Varlamov saved the day with a 32 save shutout in a 1-0 win.
Sometimes, all you need is one. Tonight, with Semyon Varlamov in net against his former team one goal would be the difference as the New York Islanders would win a thriller, 1-0.
In the first period, no goals were scored on either side. It was shots galore for the Islanders who finished with 15 in the period, only two of which were high danger chances. After one period of play, the Isles had a 15-5 shot differential but that script would flip in the second.
This time it was the Avalanche who would have 15 shots in the period. It appeared that the Av’s were going to take the lead but after a coaching review, it was ruled that the play was offside and the score remained 1-0.
The Isles have one of the better review staff’s in the league and they are nearly at a 100 percent success rate. Regardless, the score would remain tied through two periods of play.
Finally, at the 6:54 mark of the period, it happened. After not scoring one goal in the game against Toronto and going nearly two and a half periods goalless tonight, the Isles were on the board.
The Isles offense, especially the top-six has been in a comatose state for what feels like weeks. This goal, hopefully, is the one that breaks the seal for the Isles who have to play again tomorrow night in New Jersey.
After a couple of more Semyon Varlamov highlight-reel saves, the Isles would hang on to win 1-0 at home.
Varly, against his former team no less, was brilliant stopping all 32 shots from Colorado who is no stranger to putting pucks in the back of the net. The Isles issues aren’t fixed but boy does this win feel good.
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Winners: Semyon Varlamov, Video Review Team, Anders Lee
Losers: Scott Mayfield, Nathan MacKinnon, Top-six not named Anders Lee