Another frustrating loss. The goal itself was one of many unfortunate bounces that can occur in a hockey game—although it does feel as if there have been a lot of goals like that scored against the New York Islanders this season, especially at the end of games.
But one must wonder what Lane Lambert could have been thinking putting Matt Martin on the ice twice in the final 1:30 of a tie game. And one must also wonder what Martin could have been thinking going up the middle with that puck in the final eleven seconds of a tie game. Unforced errors all around, which have been the name of the game this season, and the output was a crushing regulation loss to start off a road trip while the teams competing with them for a playoff spot got the results they needed.
- Lambert called it “a calamity of errors” [LHH] which prompted many tweets like this:
- They always lose to the Nashville Predators, and they often do it in brutal fashion. This was especially unfortunate because they played a good road game for 54 minutes. [Newsday | NY Post]
- It was the tenth straight loss to Nashville, dating back to before Barry Trotz. [THN]
- The Islanders are 3-3-4 in games tied after the second period. Three wins, seven losses: How is that even possible? [NYI Skinny]
- Alex Romanov took a puck to the face right at the beginning of warmups but still played. [3 Takeaways]
- Adam Pelech appears to have shaken off the rust. [Newsday]
- Barry Trotz never got a chance to really say goodbye to his Islanders friends, but he got to spend time with them this weekend. [Newsday | NY Post]
Last night’s NHL scores included all 32 teams. And almost all the results broke against the Islanders.
- The rest of the All-Stars for the game in Toronto were revealed, first in the afternoon [NHL] and then in the evening. [NHL]
- Also, ten of the 12 participants in the Skills Competition. Two more will be selected in another fan vote. [NHL]
- And the jerseys. They are, uh, interesting. They did it with Justin Bieber, Toronto native. [NHL]
- The PWHL’s New York club is playing a few games at UBS Arena in their inaugural season—the rest of their home games are being played in Bridgeport, so it’s clear the Isles organization is working with them. But New York wants to play in UBS Arena full-time. [amNY]