It was a lazy Sunday for me, and it apparently was for the Islanders, as well. Their game with the Stars was a brutal one over the final 40 minutes and was over before the halfway point of the third.
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Beau Keeps it Going
Things started off promising for the Isles. They took a 1-0 lead before the first commercial break. Anthony Beauvillier, fresh off a hat trick against the Rangers, continued that torrid pace with another goal, giving him 5 on the year. He put away a rebound off Leo Komarov’s rush toward the net.
The first ended at this score and the two teams equal in shots in goal, though the Stars had started to come on.
What Is This Crap?
Then, things went poorly. The Stars rattled off three goals in the first 7 minutes of the second period, earning Thomas Greiss the hook. The goals were scored by Esa Lindell, Roope Hintz, and Lindell again. The Hintz goal was his first in the NHL, and Jason Spezza, who set the play up on a steal from Nick Leddy, got his 900th point on the play.
Robin Lehner came in and seemed to settle the game a bit, but Tyler Seguin broke through against him and gave Dallas a 4-1 lead going into the third.
More of the Same
Scott Mayfield brought the Isles within 2 only 24 seconds into the final period when his little floater from behind the net bounced off the stick of Stars goalie Ben Bishop and in. It gave the Islanders a little bit of a jump and it showed in their play, but they still weren’t taking it to the Stars.
Then, Alexander Radulov was sent in on a breakaway and beat Lehner with authority to restore the 3-goal lead, and he extended the lead less than 2 minutes later. The game ended 6-2, and we all wasted our time watching today.
They won’t play again for two days, before embarking on a stretch of 3 games in 4 nights against divisional opponents. Fortunately, they’ll be able to sleep in their own bed through the whole thing. They play the Rangers again at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, then the Devils in Newark for a late afternoon contest, and back in Brooklyn Saturday night against the Hurricanes.