It has not been an easy past 48 hours for the New York Islanders (28-32-9) as the losses to their Metropolitan Area rivals the New Jersey Devils (2-1) and the New York Rangers (4-3). It has been heartache and frustration for those surrounding the team.
In a span of 14 seconds this team saw a 1-0 lead against the New Jersey Devils evaporate, and then had to watch three different leads against the New York Rangers melt away. Though there is still a silver lining, for those who want to see it.
This Islanders team battled, they found offensive contributions from the blueline and center John Tavares has regained his scoring touch for the Orange and Blue.
One thing that Jack Capuano and crew will work on to end the season on a strong note is playing the game without penalties. It was the sin bin that cost the Isles in the game against the Devils, and giving a team like the Rangers an extra-man is never an ideal situation.
The cager combo of Evgeni Nabokov and Anders Nilsson has both shined for the Islanders in the games against the Rangers and Devils respectively. Nabokov finished the night against the Blueshirts with 32, saves while Nilsson made 33 saves in his third NHL start.
The Isles will return home to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for two playoff-caliber games against the Capitals and the Flyers. New York will take on Washington on Tuesday, before taking on Philadelphia on Thursday. Both games are set to air on the MSG-Plus network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Written on March 12, 2012