That was an Islanders team more reminiscent of the team from November and not the team we've gotten used to watching these last few weeks. At one point during the second period they had been outshot 18-5 and were lucky that the score was only 1-1. Not too much later into the second Rob Schremp scored the game winner on the PP to give the Thrashers the lead which held the rest of the way. Thus RSH proceeds to continue the streak of former Islanders scoring against their old team.
Three first period shots, Four second period shots is not going to win games. They managed 8 shots in the third when they finally pushed back during the last 10 minutes or so. In comparison the Thrashers had 13 shots in the first and 16 shots in the second.Yes, the Thrashers had more shots in the second period then the Islanders had all game.
The Thrashers haven't played since Saturday, but that's really no excuse for the Islanders. Atlanta in their last 4 games had given up 20 goals, including 8 to the Sabres and 4 to the Devils. The only Islander who had a good night was 3rd star John Tavares, who notched his 27th on the year.
Notes and Thoughts
- JT has 7 games left to get 3 more goals to become the Islanders 3rd 30 goal scorer on the season.
- It's going to be tough to not give another start to Aldo Montoya. He was the only reason the Islanders were even in the game tonight with time winding down.
- The PP was just awful. It seemed like the Thrashers were in the offensive zone more on Isles PPs then the Isles were.
- On that note, Blake Wheeler was a one man wrecking crew on the PK tonight. The Thrasher's forecheck in general was relentless and disruptive to the Islander D all night.
- BTW: Thrashers PK before tonight? It was 30th in the league.
- Micheal Haley got into a fight with Mark Stuart. If Haley was looking to fire up the team it didn't work.
- Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald were on ice for all three goals.
- Anyone else think Thrasher's head coach Craig Ramsey celebrated the win like this?
The Isles might be looking to give Mac & Ham a bit of a break as they only had 21 minutes tonight. Meanwhile Jack Hillen also had 21 minutes while Matt Moulson lead all Isles skaters with 22. Let's hope they can shake this game off, as the East leading (at the moment) Flyers are coming to the Island on Saturday after a heart breaking shootout loss to the Penguins. Last season the Isles almost derailed the Flyers playoffs hopes by ending their 14 game losing streak to the Flyers in the final game of the series. This is the first of two meetings between the teams as the season winds down, and the Isles can definitely spoil Philly's playoff seeding. And oh yea, this guy you might have heard of, Trevor Gillies, will be off suspension again and available.
I think Michael Grabner's tweet of the night sums things up pretty well:
Michael GrabnerNot gona win many games with 15 shots on goal...gotta move forward,tough game against the flyers coming up sat. night.