Islanders: Once Again Show Fight In 3rd Period
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders lost Game 5 4-3 in overtime but once again showed resiliency with a third-period comeback.
Well, that was deflating. For the second time this series, the New York Islanders dropped a game in overtime. Tip your hat to the Flyers, they came to play last night as their season was on the line in Game 5.
After a failed power play early in the third, the Islanders shot themselves in the foot. Both Nick Leddy and Derick Brassard couldn’t get the puck out of the zone which resulted in a Matt Niskanen goal to make it 3-1.
The Isles would shut the Flyers down offensively for the remainder of the period, but for a while, they themselves struggled to get anything going. That is until Brock Nelson ripped one past Carter Hart with 4:14 left.
Suddenly, they weren’t dead just yet. Less than two minutes later, Brassard tied the game off a beautiful play from Cal Clutterbuck.
Unreal. The team really doesn’t have any quit. They looked rough for a majority of this game but they just won’t go away.
Unfortunately in overtime, the Flyers would get one Scott Laughton to extend their season. This felt like a carbon copy of Game 2.
The only other game the Flyers won in this series was a game in which they blew a three-goal lead. The Isles stormed back in the third period in that game as well, which is becoming a theme with this team.
I’ll say the same thing that I did after Game 4 of the Washington series and Game 3 of the Panthers series, trust Trotz. Barry Trotz will have this team ready to go on Thursday and make any tweak to their game by tomorrow.
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There’s no need to panic, the Islanders are still in the driver’s seat and they have shown that even if they do lose, they make it extremely difficult on their opponents to close the deal. Back at on Thursday, it should be a good one.