Isles get Struck By Lightning

The Isles winning streak was halted Saturday night after a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Some would argue that the Isles battled hard all game, but in my opinion the effort wasn't really there.

After Brock Nelson started off the scoring with a beautiful wrister over the glove of Bishop, the Lightning answer back quickly with a goal from Ryan Callahan. Then Howie Rose broke out the stat book and spelled doom for the Islanders. Every single game that Ryan Callahan has scored in for the Lightning, the Lightning have went on to win that game. You know what that means.

The Isles took their second lead of the night off of a nice deflection by Josh Bailey, but again the Lightnign answer back less than 2 minutes later with the tying goal, and then again with the go-ahead goal, less than 2 minutes after that.

This has been a problem for much of the year. The Isles score a goal after maintaining most of the momentum, only to let the opposing team steal it back very shortly after, and answer with a goal of their own.

After the 1st period the score was 3-2, and from there the Lightning ontinued to take it to the Isles. With a goal by Tyler Johnson in the 2nd, the Lightning extended their lead by 2 and continued stealing the Isles momentum.

Th crushing blow to the Isles was the final goal by the Lightning which was a Goal by Radko Gudas, off a weak wrister from the blue line, with nobody screening Johnson.

3 Key reasons for the loss:
1. Bad Goaltending
2. Weak D
3. Not finishing on scoring chances

Johnson simply did not bail the Isles out when they needed him. While some of the goals were just good plays by the Lightning, some were also saves that could have been made.

The 1st period ended with the Lightning up 3-2, and the most noticeable thing from the Isles was that there D was very soft. Tampa was advancing in to the zone far too easily, and allowed the Lightning to create a lot of space between the Isles and the puck.

Perhaps the real dagger in the side was the Isles inability to convert on scoring chances and oppurtunities. There has got to be something done about the Isles PP which has been rather inefficient the past few games. What happened to that feeling we were getting in the beginning of the season, when the Isles got a Powerplay, and we assumed they were either score, or create a few scoring chances. For some reason we have become an outside shooting team on the PP. No longer are our players trying to force there way into the gaps, or trying to get the puck down low and in front of the crease.

A loss after a 5 game winning streak should not be a cause for panic, But they need to come out strong against the Lightning on Tuesday.

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