Sunday, December 21, 2014

Late Game Rally Powers Isles Over Lightning

photo by zimbio

Tonight, our Islanders had one of their most exciting finishes of the year to this point as they rallied for three goals in the final three minutes to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-1.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-Anders Lee is really feeling it right now with his second straight game winning goal.  It was an impressive tip by him this time around instead of crashing the net like last night in Detroit.  It is nice to see him starting to emerge much how Strome and Nelson have thus far this season. 

-While Tavares may not be himself yet this season, that doesn't matter because one thing that is always certain with him is that in crunch time he always comes through and he did again tonight with the tying goal.  Also, good to hear post game that he was fine after taking a puck to the ear late in the game.

-I'd be doing a disservice if I didn't mention Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy who played an unbelievable game tonight.  It's still early for him in his career but Tampa seems to have a special player there.

-One negative to come out of tonight is the teams sloppy play in their own zone.  That is one thing they absolutely have to improve on, especially when going against teams like the Lightning.

The Islanders were on the back end of a back to back tonight, but you wouldn't know it by their effort.  On offense, they were firing on all cylinders all night, and on defense they were solid as well, really limiting the Lightnings shots on net.  Halak put the stats to rest and had a solid game in his second start in two days leading the Islanders to victory.  Jack Capuano mentions it nearly every post game press conference now, but enough can't be said about the crowd.  The Nassau Coliseum right now is an unbelievable place to be to watch a hockey game and that is due in large part to the atmosphere created by the fans.

Next Game: Tuesday @ Home Vs Montreal

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