8-3 Loss to the Nashville Predators
A month before the 6-2 loss to the Rangers the Isles welcomed the Nashville Predators to the Nassau Coliseum. With wins over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and Buffalo Sabres, the Isles were getting back on track with a three-game winning-streak before welcoming the Preds.
Leading up to the game, Nashville and had gone 3-2-0 over their last five games and held a 15-6-2 record good enough for sixth in the Central Division with 35 points. They were also coming to the game after playing the Rangers the night before.
After going down 1-0 4:39 into the game, the Islanders were able to bounce back with a strong opening eight minutes in the second period. With goals from Brock Nelson, Derick Brassard, and then a short-handed goal from Casey Cizikas they were up 3-1.
With a 3-1 lead in goals and with a 10-2 lead in shots at that point in the period, the Isles looked like they’d cruise to a win. And then the Islanders folded like a house of cards. The Predators held a 7-1 shot advantage after Cizikas’s goal, scoring on four of those seven shots to take a 5-3 lead.
Not only did the Isles take their foot off the gas, but they made mistake after mistake. Two of the Predators goals in the second period came directly following a giveaway or takeaway.
Nashville would put up four unanswered goals in the second period and add another three in the third for an embarrassing 8-3 scoreline.
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This game alone showed us that no lead was comfortable for the New York Islanders. Going up 3-1 halfway through the game was never a sign that a win was imminent even though the Isles were 57-2-3 when scoring three goals under Barry Trotz before the loss.