New York Islanders fans are going to be looking for a single scapegoat in today’s loss. They’re going to try and find that one person to blame. They’ll find someone to lay this on, but they’ll all be wrong.
You can’t blame just one player for this loss. Not to say there weren’t any individual mistakes. In fact, there were too many to count. And that’s the problem. The team got lost in the moment and they paid the price for it.
New York Islanders drop Game 3 as a collective
Varlamov did not have a good game. But let’s not start blaming him on that opening goal. Why Ryan Pulock decided to try and get in the lane to block a shot Varlamov was square to is beyond me.
In the third, the Islanders battled back to tie it at three with an Anthony Beauvillier power-play goal. Just 27 seconds later, Cal Clutterbuck takes a dumb goalie interference penalty, and Jeff Carter converts some 30 seconds into the man advantage.
The Islanders had all of the momentum by that third goal, Cal’s penalty sucked the wind right out of the Isles sails.
On the game-winner, just minutes before the end of regulation, Pelech can’t get the puck over the defensive blue line and the Noah Dobson flubs blocking a shot and Tanev beats him to it as it comes back to the ice.
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I know when things don’t go the Islanders way the mentality is to find someone to pin it on, but tonight there isn’t one person to blame, just about everyone wearing blue and orange was to blame tonight.