There’s a lot of negativity swirling around the New York Islanders after this game. Of course, the Islanders didn’t look particularly good outside of goalie Semyon Varlamov, but the sky is not falling.
Consider a few things here. The Islanders are still 5-1-0 against the Boston Bruins. The Islanders are still 5-2-0 in the month of April. Yeah, the loss was bad and it feels like the Isles haven’t played well for a few games now, but, again, the sky is not falling.
Now, for the action in tonight’s contest. It started about as bad as you can possibly get in the first frame for New York. Just 1:49 into the game, the Islanders fell behind 1-0 as Brad Marchand would score on a weird one that just barely went over the goal line.
The Islanders took eight minutes of penalties in the first period. Eight! On the Brock Nelson double minor, Craig Smith would give the Bruins a 2-0 lead which they would carry through the remainder of the period.
New York was outshot 23-7 in the first period. It doesn’t get much worse than that. In period two, we saw a much better effort from this team as they came out flying and this beauty of a play from Mathew Barzal set up Travis Zajac.
This was Zajac’s first as an Islander and it put the team right back in the game. They’d trail 2-1 after two but very much so looked right back in this game until the momentum shift of the century in period three.
Early in the third, Jordan Eberle would try Mat Barzal on a great chance on the two-on-one. Barzal shot it wide and then Taylor Hall, seconds later, would slide one past Semyon Varlamov for his first as a Bruin. At this point, it was all but over.
Brad Marchand would add an empty-net goal for good measure but this one was an ugly 4-1 loss for the Islanders who were outshot 45-23. Barry Trotz did not mince words after the game.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Islanders who are back in action, in Boston, on Friday. They’re going to need a better effort though if they want to beat this Bruins team.
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Winners: Brad Marchand, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
Losers: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Scott Mayfield