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Islanders inept offense on full display in 1-0 loss to Vegas Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 20: William Karlsson #71 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a third-period goal against the New York Islanders during their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Islanders 4-2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 20: William Karlsson #71 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a third-period goal against the New York Islanders during their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Islanders 4-2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Another road game, another shut out for the New York Islanders. This time the Islanders get blanked 1-0 by the Vegas Golden Knights as the offense fails to show up, again.

Over the last six periods, the New York Islanders have scored exactly zero goals. We already knew that the Isles offense wasn’t good, but over the last two games, it was abundantly clear, again.

The Islanders just didn’t do enough to win the game. If not for Semyon Varlamov, the Isles don’t even have a chance in the game tonight.

While the Isles have needed their forwards and their netminder show up to have a chance to win. Only one of the did as they drop their second game in a row.

No Shot

You can’t win a game if you don’t score.

You can’t score if you don’t shoot the puck.

The Islanders finished the night with 19 shots on goal. The Vegas Golden Knights finished with 43, a 24 shot differential for the Knights. In the second period, the Islanders had four shots on net to the Golden Knights 20.

In terms of attempts towards the net, the Knights had 68 to the Islanders 37. It was one-way traffic the entire game. But thanks to the efforts of Semyon Varlamov, the Isles still had a chance.

Varlamov made 42 saves on 43 shots for a 0.977SV% and stopped seven of eight high-danger shots. It was the kind of performance that typically turns into a win. But the Isles couldn’t repay their goalie.

The only goal of the game was scored on a ridiculous defensive mistake between Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, and Varlamov. Neither knew what the other was doing as the puck sat behind the net and was eventually worked to the front and in the net by the relentless Vegas forecheck.

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Typically after a bad loss, like the one the Islanders suffered at the hands of the Nashville Predators, a team will respond. They’ll play harder to avenge the embarrassment from the previous night. That’s not what happened here.

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