Islanders Get Mowed Down By Leafs 5-3
The Islanders took on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night in both teams final game before the holiday break. With the loss to the Rangers on Thursday night, the Islanders were definitely lacking confidence and it showed.
The Isles faced a Maple Leafs team who are having a pretty good season so far. Even with some injury trouble earlier in the year, they seem to have pretty good depth being that call-ups have done wonders for the Leafs.
As the first period went by, the Islanders saw 3 goals given up by Nabokov (MacArthur, Kadri, Gunnarsson) but Kyle Okposo put the Islanders within 2 after a great pass from defenseman Mike Mottau.
The second period brought a goal right off the bat from Frans Nielsen to lower the deficit to one goal. Followed by a Toronto goal set up perfectly by Tyler Bozak to Joey Crabb to give the Leafs some breathing room.
John Tavares would give the Isles back a goal in the third period, but later in the third, Tavares was cross checked in the face by Leafs' forward Joffrey Lupul. Lupul was given a two minute minor for cross checking but it was the Isles who were hurt the most by this play. No, Tavares wasn't injured, but he was called for diving. There was no dive at all on this play and Lupul's stick connected with Tavares' head.
As upset as the Islanders were, no one was more upset than assistant coach Doug Weight. Weight was obviously distressed by this call as much as any Islanders fan or player, but the call was inexusable. Penalties have been killing the Islanders all year this year but this call just but them over the top.
An empty net goal from Joffrey Lupul would seal the deal for the Leafs and secure them the 5-3 victory on Long Island. Yet another frustrating loss in another frustrating game.
A positive is that the Islanders have off until Monday, when they play the Rangers. Hopefull the team can regroup and get back in their groove.
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