Postgame 11/10: Islanders @ Canadiens
The Islanders fell tonight to the Montreal Canadiens in the final game of their nightmare road trip. With a depleted lineup up front and on the back end, the Isles lost to the Canadiens 4-2.
The first period was even as both teams played a high pace game. The shots were also about even as both goaltenders looked to be on their game. The period went scoreless as the Isles and Canadiens traded some solid It was nice to see Kevin Poulin get a few saves early to calm his nerves .
The second period was opened up with a goal scored by Brendan Gallagher within 2 minutes of the start. It was a wrist shot past Poulin assisted by Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller. Remember their names. Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored a much needed power-play goal for the Islanders that was their first in their last 24 attempts on the man advantage.
The Isles would let the game slip away towards the end of the second period. Two very late power-play goals from Lars Eller and Michael Bournival put he Islanders at a 3-1 deficit. The penalty kill has truly been a letdown in recent games. The special teams seem to decide every single game they're in. Changes need to be made soon to get this team on the right track and to start playing to their ability.
In the third period, the Isles regained hope by scoring yet another power-play goal. Brock Nelson directed a pass from John Tavares in between the legs on Carey Price. Tavares picked up his second assist of the game and 13th of the year. Frans Nielson also registered an assist on the goal.
Alex Galchenyuk scored half-way through the third to push the lead back to two goals. His goal was assisted by Lars Eller And Brandon Gallagher. Despite a late push by the Isles, they were not able to get a goal past Price. The Canadiens were able to hold on and pick up the two points.
The Islanders have really fallen on some hard times. Coming into the game, they had to worry about the injuries of Cal Clutterbuck, Thomas Vanek, Lubomir Visnovsky, Radek Martinek and Brian Strait. In the third of the game, Travis Hamonic crashed awkwardly into the boards and left the game.
If the Islanders have to play without Hamonic for an extended period of time, they must make a move to acquire another defenseman. They are extremely thin back there as it is and they can't afford to continue like this without their number one D-man.
Jack Capuano must make changes in the lines and Garth Snow must make changes with the roster. If Capuano can't get this team to play better soon, it may cost him his job
William Tranfaglia (@Billy Tran51) (@TCLIsles)