The New York Islanders were looking for a win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night with Kyle Palmieri returning to the lineup. Unfortunately, the Islanders got off to a crazy slow start in the first period and couldn't get back into it.
The team just registered three shots on net but stop me if you heard this one before, they let up a first career goal.
Quinton Byfield entered the zone and was able to rip one past Semyon Varlamov for his first of his career. The second period was a little bit better from the New York Islanders bu they couldn't find the back of the net (shocker).
Robin Salo hit a post, Josh Bailey had a great look in front of the net, there was a mad scramble that was stopped and then as time was winding down, Andreas Athanasiou scored his fourth of the season with just under six seconds left in the period. Unreal.
How many times this season are the Islanders planning on allowing a goal in the final seconds of a period? It's the second time in three games that they did this.
In the third period, the Islanders turned up the shots and finally was able to get one to go. Mat Barzal scored his ninth from a nasty angle and a nice screen in front from Anders Lee.
It, unfortunately, was too little too late as the Islanders once again pulled the goalie as Adrian Kempe scored his 18th of the season into the empty net. One would assume that it was the end of the game but the Kings pulled an Islanders at the end of the second and allowed Casey Cizikas to score with 19.3 seconds left in the game. 3-2 was your final score and once again the Islanders offense was too little too late.
Against the Capitals, Maple Leafs, and Kings, three playoff teams, the Islanders scored no goals, one goal, and two goals in those games. It's not good enough. They need more from the forward group, it's obvious.