In Game 3, the New York Islanders lost a hard-fought overtime game 2-1 on home ice. Yes, it was a deflating loss and obviously, I wanted to watch the team win this game but if you are going to lose a game in a series, you’d rather it like this.
Let me ask you, would you rather lose last night’s game or lose 4-0? I think everyone would say that they’d take the hard-fought game that didn’t bounce their way.
Well, JG Pageau doesn’t seem too concerned about being down 2-1 in the series and neither should Islanders fans.
"“The goalies we have they give us a chance every night”"
That’s the quote that sticks out to me and I couldn’t agree more. During the regular season, the Isles goalie tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin had a .925 save percentage and a 2.09 goals against.
You can feel comfortable with either of those two in net, and clearly, that’s exactly how the Islanders feel.
Plus, just last round the Isles were down 2-1 and they ended up winning the series. Now I know, Tuukka Rask is miles better than Tristan Jarry. It’s not the same situation, but the old cliche remains true they have to take it one game at a time.
The Islanders have two more chances on home ice in Game 4 and if necessary Game 6. They just have to find a way to get another one on the road. It’s entirely possible still.
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Who knows, with Mathew Barzal finding the back of the net, perhaps his awakening is what the Isles need in order to advance against this Boston team. The moral of the story, don’t panic.