On the last game of their road trip, the New York Islanders were back in action in Buffalo with a different-looking lineup. Kyle Palmieri returned and Ross Johnston took a seat while Andy Greene sat in favor of Sebastian Aho.
This game didn't exactly start the way the Isles would've liked. In fact, it was a familiar face on the other side getting the scoring going. Kyle Okposo, who has rediscovered himself a little bit this year, got his 10th of the year.
That 1-0 lead did not last very long though. Anthony Beauvillier made a strong play along the boards to feed Kyle Plamieri, yes Kyle Palmieri, for his second goal of the season.
Just 1:36 into the second period, Tage Thompson scored shorthanded. The Islanders, yet again, let a goal go in when on the power play. It's been a massive issue for them all year long and today was no different.
But the Islanders weren't done, Anders Lee would find a loose puck in front (go figure) to tie this puppy up at two. Just when you thought the Islanders escaped the second period, they allowed a goal at 19:59.
No seriously, with less than a second left they allowed Alex Tuch to find the back of the net:
Just deflating stuff. I'm really running low on adjectives to describe this team. They continue to impress with just their inability to finish out periods. Luckily, in the third period, the Islanders showed a little bit of life.
Would you believe me if I told you Kyle Palmieri scored again? I didn't even believe it when the puck went in the back of the net. He had just one goal in his first 29 games but two in this game. Hopefully, this is what finally sparks Kyle Palmieri to get on track for the remainder of this season and beyond.
And then just when you thought that the Islanders were back on the right track in this one, Victor Olofsson scores with 2:55 left in the game. A couple of Islanders followed the puck into the corner and Olofsson was pretty much alone to ice it.
Two empty netters would make it 6-3. That's all she wrote. The Islanders play Boston on Thursday at UBS Arena. They'll need a much better effort than what we saw tonight.