The New York Islanders entered the third period up 4-1. After the final 20 minutes, the Islanders lost the game by a score of 6-4.
Um, what was that? After a frustrating 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday night, the New York Islanders somehow frustrated their fans even more today with a 6-4 loss in a game they were up 4-1 in.
Alex Ovechkin got the scoring going at the 10:22 mark of the period to tie Mario Lemieux on the all-time goals list. The 1-0 lead didn’t last long, as Brock Nelson was able to net his 19th of the year thanks to Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier.
The Islanders weren’t done though. At the 15:49 mark of the period, Casey Cizikas netted his 10th of the year to give the Isles a 2-1 lead after one period of play.
The success for the Isles continued with a power play goal, yes a power play goal, from Jordan Eberle to make it three unanswered. Before the period would run out Devon Toews would add one more and do the Evgeni Kuznetsov celebration on top of it.
The Islanders were flying high until they weren’t. 2:33 into the third, Carl Hagelin somehow was able to get inside positioning on Ross Johnston and be in the right place to get one by Semyon Varlamov.
After that, the Isles had a couple of opportunities and were unable to score sending Alex Ovechkin in making an unbelievable play to make it a one-goal game.
Tom Wilson tied up the game at four, at the 14:32 mark of the period. That once comfortable three-goal lead was gone and everything was tied up after the puck somehow trickled through Semyon Varlamov.
Jakob Vrana would give the Capitals the lead after Josh Bailey was unable to clear the puck out of the defensive zone. Ovi would add an empty-net goal to make it 6-4. Five goals in the third period. Five.
I don’t care how you spin it, that was atrocious to watch and this team desperately needs some kind of shakeup. How many more gutwrenching losses do we have to watch in a row before something changes?
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Winners: Alex Ovechkin, Devon Toews, John Carlson
Losers: Ross Johnston, Josh Bailey, Semyon Varlamov