In what had become a very important home and home for the Islanders after there very good play last week the Isles only managed to pick up one of four points vs the Maple Leafs in their home and home Monday and yesterday.
There hot play had left them only 7 points behind Toronto in the standings. So picking up three or four points would've been huge for their playoff hunt.
On Monday, through line matching the Maple Leafs shut down the Islanders first line, and that led to our Isles being shut out, and John Tavares NHL season long 12 game point streak being snapped.
Last night, we fell in OT by a score of 4-3 to the refs, I mean the Maple Leafs.
Overall, we played a pretty good game, much better then the night before. Nice seeing Tavares get back on the board and we showed good resolve coming back to tie it after a rough third period. No matter how lucky the bounce was!!
However, the officials in this game were just brutal!! One can argue that the refs in the home and home were brutal. No matter what James Mirtle who is a Toronto writer says!! (Mr. Mirtle acknowledged their were missed calls last night but two nights ago did nothing of the sort not even mentioning the fact there were around a half dozen calls missed) How they called nothing on the Leafs outside of one minor on Phil Kessel which would've been a more severe call is beyond me! Is it a coincidence that last nights game was one of only two games last night not to have writer from NHL.com assigned to it?
At the end of the second period Joffrey Lupul of the Leafs laid John Tavares out with a cheap check behind the net with no call. Upon leaving the ice John Tavares told Arthur Staple that he told one of the refs that they were a f------ joke!
Overall, this is certainly not how the Isles wanted this to go! Falling 10 points behind them now makes the deficit that much harder with time no longer really being on their side. Lets hope we can stay at least relatively in the race for the remainder of the season, because to me if we have a lottery pick again this year then this year is a failure!