The New York Islanders got off to a horrendous start to the Eastern Conference Final. They will be ready to bounce back in Game 2 of this series.
Well, that sucked. Last night was an embarrassing loss for the New York Islanders as they fell to Tampa by a score of 8-2. The Lightning had a week off while the Islanders were fighting for their lives in a Game 7.
Between that and the travel, it was a recipe for disaster for New York and Tampa Bay was able to capitalize. One thing I would like to get out there is that this is a seven-game series. Getting blown out or losing by one still counts the same and the Isles still can win four of the next six and be okay. One game doesn’t change that.
After going up 3-1 in the last round, 3-0 in round one, and 2-0 in the qualifier, the Islanders dropped the following game each time when they had a chance to close out the series and the same thing happened each time.
People panicked and began to think that a comeback was imminent. Some had the gall to say the Isles had “no chance” in Game 7. Well, they played their best game of the playoffs after their worst (at the time).
Barry Trotz will have this team ready to go. I’m not guaranteeing a win, but I guarantee they put forth a much better effort.
After losses, the Islanders are 3-1 in the playoffs so far and they’ve allowed six goals in those four games, five of which came in a single game (the one loss).
I still see this series as a tough matchup but one the Islanders can hang in. They aren’t going to get blown out of the water like they did last night in four straight games and go home. They are too well-coached to do that.
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Burn the tape from last night, rest up today, and make the adjustments necessary to compete in Game 2. In Trotz we trust.