Well, that was awful. It doesn’t get much worse than an 8-0 loss after one of the more intense games that this team has played all season long. Now, with their season on the line, the Islanders return to Nassau Coliseum.
To the Islanders credit, they’re an excellent home team. They hold a 26-7-3 record at the Coliseum this year with a .764 points percentage.
What I wanted to do was look at the Barry Trotz Islanders over the last three years and see what their record was in games after a loss where they let up five goals or more. Since 2018-2019, they are 9-10-2 in those games.
Actually, last year against the Lightning in the playoffs, they lost Game 1 8-2 and then lost Game 2 2-1 before winning two games before bowing out in six games. Clearly, this isn’t going to be an easy task but it’s not impossible.
Easier said than done but the team has to go back to playing the way they did in the first four games. Last night in the first 14:59 they allowed eight odd-man rushes to the Lightning. That couldn’t be further from what this team is.
There’s a reason why this team is the defending Stanley Cup champions. They’re an elite group that can explode offensively just like this. Especially when you give them power play chances, the game can get out of hand rather quickly.
Expect a rambunctious crowd at Nassau Coliseum, as it could very well be the last game played in that building’s history. It’ll be an emotional game for the fans and you hope the team gets up for it as well and forces a Game 7.
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Like Barry Trotz eluded to in the postgame press conference, if this doesn’t get the team motivated I’m not sure what will.