Facing the Colorado Avalanche is no easy task and the Islanders felt that tonight. It looked like it was going to be one of those long nights early in this game as Nathan MacKinnon scored just 3:23 into the game. It was his 16th goal of the season.
For most of the rest of the period, it felt like the Islanders were chasing and out of sorts. Although they lucked out with Ryan Pulock finding the back of the net for his first of the season:
Leaving the period tied at two felt like a reward. The second period was much better, even though it didn't start that way. Devon Toews scores his 10th goal of the season (he also had a secondary assist on the first goal). Naturally, Isles Twitter took that very well.
Luckily, the Isles bounced right back. JG Pageau scored under a minute later to tie up this game at two.
Also, how about Zach Parise picking up two primary assists. He's been unbelievable putting up eight points in his last six games played and the Isles weren't done.
Kyle Palmieri would add his sixth goal of the season and his fifth in his last eight games played. It's been well documented how slow Palmieri started his season but finally, he was able to catch on a little bit here down the home stretch. Even if they do miss the playoffs, having Palmieri back is good for the future of this team.
At the start of the third, Ross Johnston took a bad penalty sending Colorado to the man advantage. Gabriel Landeskog was able to sneak one past Ilya Sorokin who couldn't get back to the post to tie this game up at three.
At 11:49 the Islanders appeared to take the lead but after review, the puck did not cross all the way over the line. Barry Trotz was livid with the call, and it was about as close as you could possibly get to one.
Naturally, as expected, it would come back to bite the Islanders. Ryan Pulock would attempt to clear the puck, it didn't go very well, and then Andre Burakovsky found the back of the net to give Colorado the lead at 4-3.
An empty net goal would make it 5-3. What a turn of events after it looked like the Islanders took a 4-3 lead, they end up falling in Colorado 5-3. This one stings.