Islanders Meltdown After Strong First Period In St. Louis

Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the New York Islanders went right to sleep and ended up losing 3-2 in overtime in St. Louis.

The first 19 minutes of this game was damn near perfection for the New York Islanders. For the second game in a row, JG Pageau got the Islanders on the board on the power play no less 8:20 into the game.

At the 16:34 mark, Jordan Eberle would net his 15th of the year courtesy of Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal. That first line has been playing great in this recent stretch and it continued on that goal as each one of them were involved in the play.

With a 2-0 lead, things were looking up for the Islanders. Until the final minute when Brayden Schenn nets his 23rd of the year.

Johnny Boychuk tried to get the puck into the zone and just didn’t get the puck past Justin Schwartz who sent Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Schenn on a two-on-one.

The second period was an absolute dumpster fire. The Islanders registered just one shot on goal. One. The player who got the shot on goal was Ross Johnston of all people, he played a total of 6:46 tonight by the way.

No team scored but the momentum was clearly on the side of St Louis. The third period wasn’t much better for the Isles, they were outshot 11-3 and allowed the tying goal with 1:44 remaining in the game.

Nick Leddy had a chance to get the puck out and just wasn’t strong enough. The puck stayed in and lead to an absolute bomb from Vince Dunn.

In overtime, the Islanders maintained possession for the first few shifts of overtime. But then, at 3:23 this happened:

First, what kind of effort is that from Anthony Beauvillier? Second, Thomas Greiss just showed why he hasn’t played in two weeks.

The Isles completely melted down after the first period and got exactly what they deserved. You can’t win in this league with 17 shots on net.

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Winners: Colton Parayko, Vince Dunn, Mat Barzal

Losers: Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, Brock Nelson