Monday, March 12, 2012

Isles Drop 3 In A Row To Officially End Playoff Chances!

This weekend was a rather rough one for the Islander faithful! First came the 5-1 loss at New Jersey on Thursday when we seemingly couldn't defend Ilya Kovalchuk and he made us pay for it, not once, not twice, but three times notching a hatrick.

Then came Saturdays dehabilitating 2-1 loss to the Devils. This was a true heart breaker for us, and evidence that even at this stage of the season we still dont know how to close out games. To completely blow a 1-0 lead with less then two minutes left is simply unacceptable! Anders Nilsson did play rather well once again in this game, he just lacked help.

Then last night, our Isles fell 4-3 to the Rangers in overtime. Here are some of my notes:

-Less then 20 shots in a game? I mean, I know we scored three goals, but you have to shoot more then that. Not eclipsing 20 shots in a game is simply not going to get you very far!

-Team has to be more disciplined! Took to many penalties last night.

-What happened to the penalty kill? At one point for a long stretch it was among the best in the NHL, boy has that changed.

-The trip on Hamonic in OT was a very soft call though, especially since a minute or two before that PA had been hooked down basically into the Ranger net without a call. But because of the big angry reaction from the Garden crowd Hamonic got called for tripping which led to the Rangers winner. Its a shame the refs let the fans decide the game!

-Nice seeing some emotion from Nabby even at this stage of the season at the end of the second period when Prust came in hard at him.

-Not a terrible game by Nabakov! I mean he was clearly not on top of his game. However, he was miles ahead of where he was Thursday against the Devils.

Well certainly not the stretch Islanders Country expected! However, since the kids have to mostly learn on their own thanks to lack of proper veteran support because of budget limitations stuff like this will happen.

Next Game: Tomorrow Night @ Home VS Washington

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