On the bright side, Anders Lee continued a rather insane pace 32 seconds into the second period, scoring on a high backhand that trickled in, his sixth goal and ninth points in just eight games this season, which brings him to seven goals and 11 points in 10 career NHL games. That was part of the Isles and Sharks trading second-period goals after the Sharks finished the first frame up 2-0.
However, just 1:13 after Brock Nelson deflected a Matt Donovan shot in to again pull within one, Martin Havlat beat Evgeni Nabokov high far corner, Thomas Hickey's battle with Tommy Wingels providing a healthy in-crease distraction. That goal with 1:45 left in the second restored San Jose's two-goal lead at 4-2, allowing them to play safe in the third to kill the game
Down by two goals late, the Isles pulled their goalie with nearly two minutes left and did pretty well, better than we've come to expect. They short-circuited several Sharks clearing attempts, avoided conceding an empty netter and even created a goal on a nifty Frans Nielsen backhand from the low slot.
The Isles broadcasters painted Antti Niemi as an opportune target, not looking all that solid, but it didn't really matter and it certainly wasn't on a "Islanders goalie blew the game" level of vulnerability. By the end, the Isles had outshot the Sharks 38-26 on the night, including 27-14 in the final two periods.
Special teams were no factor, as an early third-period tripping penalty on Matt Donovan was the only call of the night. Ultimately, the team that was expected to win did so, enduring a solid fight but never having the game in much doubt.
Wearing number 28 n his first NHL game, Johan Sundstrom logged a conservative 10:28 of ice time, registering one shot on 17 shifts, with a team-low average of 36 seconds per shift.
Kyle Okposo's two assists give him eight points since John Tavares went down for the season (six points in the last three games), and push Okposo into the team's scoring lead.
Quote of the Night
"You never wanna play the game without a glove. That's a good way to break a hand."