The New York Islanders finished their road trip, losing the second game in a row to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It almost seems like the Penguins are an Achilles heel for the Islanders this season. They sure haven’t been able to win a game in Pittsburgh. Tonight, was a game that very well could’ve been winnable if they were able to score a second goal. It was clear that the Islanders were incapable of doing that tonight. The Islanders need to do something, whatever it is. A trade, lineup changes, or something. Leo Komarov actually has to get off the first line, he’s just pulling Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle down. Subsequently, something has to give for the Islanders.
Penguins go up 2-0 in the first
The Islanders have had a hard time getting up for games. They saw themselves down early, with legitimately no answer before the second period. It just seemed as though, the penguins played like the better team in the first. For the rest of the game, the Islanders couldn’t overcome the deficit they faced in the first period. Anthony Angello and Jared McCann were the goals. Getting down early in the first period is a recipe for disaster. It’s the third straight game that the Islanders end the first period down 2-0. That is just unacceptable for this team to play this way.
Islanders inch closer in the second
The Penguins had a goalie situation where Tristan Jarry left the game and Casey DeSmith entered. To say the least, DeSmith gave the Islanders problems. The Islanders kept getting really good chances, but just were getting denied by DeSmith. Finally, Oliver Wahlstrom drew a penalty, sending the Islanders to the power play. The Islanders scored their only goal on that power play. Matt Martin scored that goal, yes that is correct Matt Martin scored a power-play goal. Yet, it was actually Martin’s second career power-play goal. The Islanders tried but failed to score going forward in the second period.
An effort to tie it fails
The Islanders did everything they could do to tie this game. Casey Cizikas had a few great chances, that somehow didn’t go in. Seemingly, the Islanders should’ve scored. They just didn’t. There’s no sugarcoating, they had the chances and didn’t score. When the goalie was pulled and in the final two minutes the Islanders struggled to get possession and put shots on net. They were incapable of doing that and lost.
Something has to give, this team needs to score more. They need to do something, a goal scorer or lineup changes need to be made. But, this team needs to wake up and play a 60-minute game. A 40-minute game doesn’t win the game, going home could give them a needed boost.