Just a few quick thoughts about the game:
I didn’t think the Islanders played bad, but it felt like I going back to 1995 when the neutral zone trap was in style. This game had some real boring moments and it was happening quite often.
The goaltending was solid, but Halak really wasn’t tested all that often.
When your team is top five on the powerplay and your opponent is now ranked last on the penalty kill and all the Islanders can muster is one powerplay goal that was 5 on 3? How many times were the Islanders on the powerplay during that game?
Ryan Strome is now playing in Bridgeport. Wake up call achieved. Josh Bailey, a top 9 forward was scratched for not back checking. So two top nine forwards are not playing for Steve Bernier and Taylor Beck and you’re going up against Tukka Rask. Makes winning the game a little more complicated but still, with the amount of depth that this team has, especially on the powerplay, this game belonged to the Islanders.
Have the players given up on their coach? I don’t think so. I thought the Isles, for the most part, outplayed the Bruins for most of the game. The Bruins got their goals off a 5 on 3 and a deflection off Nick Leddy’s leg. That’s not really saying much, but the Bruins scored when they crashed the net, something the Isles need to do a better job of. I’m still waiting for Mikhail Grabovski to show up this year and Nick Leddy getting into a scoring groove will boost some of the 5 on 5 woes that the Islanders now have.
Adam Pelech was recalled by the Islanders for this west coast swing. I’m looking forward to seeing what Pelech can offer the Islanders. Pelech was Griffin Reinhart’s defensive partner last year and is on the top pair with Scott Mayfield. I would expect him to be more offensive than Brian Strait and better defensively than Marek Zidlicky.