By Jack Fenty
Isles vs. Canadiens breakdown:
The New York Islanders played a decently solid game against the Montreal Canadiens Monday night, with the personnel that was in the lineup. The Isles were without lineup regulars Bailey, Boycuck, Ladd, and Cizikas. The game started off with a quick goal for the Isles after Barzal entered the zone and made a beautiful pass to the Montreal native, Anthony Beauvillier, who snapped a quick wrist shot past the Canadiens goalie, Carey Price. At the 13:31 mark of the same period, Barzal went top shelf past Price to make it 2-0 Islanders. Two minutes later the Canadiens answered with a goal after a soft turnover from Ryan Pulock in his own zone. At 7:51 Scotty Mayfield, fresh off signing a five-year deal, threw the puck behind the Isles goal line to the blue line where Canadiens defender David Schlemko was standing, he shot the puck wide and Paul Byron banged the puck in to make it 2-2. In the second Adam Pelech scored his first of the season to make it a 3-2 game. At 14:23 of the second period John Tavares took advantage on a Canadiens turnover and buried his second short-handed goal of the season to make it 4-2. Eventually Montreal would come back and tie the game to make it 4-4 at the end of regulation. John Tavares, future Montreal Canadiens, (just joking), scored to give the Islanders the Islanders the win.
Final: 5-Isles 4-Habs
Takeaway: No one thought this game was going to be an easy game since the Islanders were an injured team and the Canadiens were desperate to make up ground in the standings. Like I previously stated earlier they played a decent game for the lineup they had. Two points is two points I really do not give a crap how they are earned. On the other hand, from watching the game there are many concerning parts of the Isles game. Greiss had to make a career high 52 saves to get the win, which is ridiculous. No, this is not a new problem the team has given up way too many shots and scoring chances on a nightly basis. Secondly, the turnovers inside the defensive zone are inexcusable, most of the goals given up were because of these turnovers. Let’s be clear a defense that consist of Leddy, Pulock, Mayfield, Pelech, Hickey, and Aho is not going to cut it on daily basis.
Overall the Isles won the game and got the two points they needed, after the game they had to fly home and face the New Jersey Devils the next night, who were on a six-game losing streak…
Isles vs. Devils breakdown:
There is not much to say about this game, the Islanders were outplayed all over the ice. Was this expected? I was hoping not but it was hard to go into this game thinking they were going to win. The team is very injured and was playing on a back-to-back against a Devils team that was desperate to end their long losing streak.
On to the next one: Islanders will try to get back on track against the Boston Bruins Thursday night, hopefully Bailey will make a return to the lineup after skating today. Lets Go Islanders!
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