Tonight, our Islanders had their road win streak snapped at 7 with a 4-2 loss to the Panthers. Here are some of my notes from the game:
-Another point for Calvin de Haan tonight. Who would've thought that where we sit now on defense with Hamonic shaken up he is our most reliable guy back there. Hopefully, he is able to keep it going because he has wrote a solid script for himself thus far.
-On the other end of the spectrum Andrew MacDonald's struggles continue. While he did play over 29 minutes tonight with the absence of Hamonic and the addition of Carkner to the lineup he had a less then stellar game. That has become a regular occurrence in his contract year this season. With the salary he is probably going to demand if the Islanders fail to get back into it I would be very surprised if MacDonald finishes the season part of this team.
-Nice pass by Nielsen to set up Vanek for his goal.
-Great game by the 4th line tonight! There weren't many bright spots about tonight's game but their play was one of the few.
-It's tough to get on Kevin Poulin for the game tonight because the team as a hole didn't show up for the better part of the first 40 minutes and Poulin can only do so much by himself.
Well the team's bubble was bound to burst and boy did that happen tonight. Through two periods this game was one of the worst the team has played in over a month. Like Butch Goring said during the broadcast on multiple occasions, they can only find so many ways to win after being down. They need to shake this game off and get ready for the end of the trip in Tampa and Philly later this week.
Next Game: Thursday 7:30 @ Tampa Bay