Opening Thoughts In Islanders Loss
Firstly, Tristan Jarry and Semyon Varlamov were in the net tonight. Secondly, the Islanders started the same lineup they did in game 2 while the Penguins announced Evgeni Malkin would be returning in this game. The Islanders would eventually take yet another loss due to bad performance from Semyon Varlamov, which is becoming a growing concern,
First Period Thoughts
The Islanders started this game very poorly, with Kyle Palmieri taking a penalty. The powerplay for the Penguins resulted in the Islanders giving up a goal 2:54 in from Kris Letang. The shots for the period were close, with the Penguins outshooting the Isles 12-10. The Islanders continued their rough style of play, posting over 10 hits in the period. A late penalty from Teddy Blueger gave the Islanders their first powerplay. Unfortunately for the Islanders, the pens were able to kill it off. Missed opportunities and bad goaltending lead to the Islanders taking the loss tonight.
Second Period Thoughts In Islanders Loss
Early in the second, the Penguins were involved in a sloppy change, leading to a penalty. On the powerplay, a turnover by the Penguins led to a breakaway for Anthony Beauvillier. Regrettably, for Beauvillier, Jarry was able to make the stop. Again, unfortunately for the Isles, even with their chances, the Penguins killed off the penalty, but the Islanders did not lose the momentum.
Only a few short minutes after the penalty was killed, a fantastic move by Scott Mayfield tied the game. A surge of momentum from the Penguins right after the Islanders’ goal resulted in Jeff Carter taking the lead back for the Penguins. Late in the period, Jason Zucker scored to extend the lead 3-1. Both Jarry and Varlamov made solid saves to keep their teams in it. Shots in the period totaled 7 for the Islanders and 6 for the Penguins. The third period s where the Islanders fell apart and eventually took the loss.
Third Period Thoughts
This period was absolutely hectic. The resulting chaos of this period led to multiple big goals. A total of 5 goals were scored in the period. A nifty play in front resulted in a Cal Clutterbuck goal to bring the score to 3-2. A few plays after the goal, a huge scrum ensued in front of the Penguins net. A slash by Jake Guentzel lead to the Islanders getting a powerplay. On the resulting powerplay, Beauvillier was able to pot a goal to tie the game up.
Sadly for the Islanders, Clutterbuck was caught taking a penalty that resulted in Jeff Carter, who has been hot this series, scoring only 1:06 later to take back the lead. Clutterbuck, however, was able to redeem himself. With less than 6 minutes left, Clutterbuck tied the game up for the Islanders again. The Penguins kept the pressure going through, and only a few short minutes after the Clutterbuck goal, Brandon Tanev scored to take the lead back for the Penguins. Sadly for the Islanders, that was the winning goal in tonight’s loss.
Final Thoughts As Isles Take The Loss
The Islanders take another loss in this series as they go down 2-1. A win in the next game is definitely needed to keep the team in the series. Semyon Varlamov has been terrible, and all signs point to Ilya Sorokin getting the start next game after the awful performance tonight from the Islanders starter.