There wasn’t much at stake here for the New York Islanders. The team was bad going into the game, even a win wouldn’t have changed much. Avoiding a blowout was the prime directive.
The New York Islanders had one task: be competitive. The Pittsburgh Penguins were a day removed from their 7-1 shellacking at the hands of T.J. Oshie and the Washington Capitals. Sidney Crosby and his boys were going to come out with a chip on their shoulders.
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And for the most part, the Islanders did just that. They hung in there with the defending Stanley Cup champions and took them to overtime. So point for us, literally. One point on the standings for what is essentially parking the bus.
Jaroslav Halak kept the Islanders in the game tonight, which really just means he did his job. He didn’t steal the game. He didn’t put the Isles in a winning position. He kept them in the game.
It doesn’t help that the team in front of you gives up five power play opportunities. Something the Isles have been God awful at for most of this season. So it’s somewhat of a miracle that they only allowed a single goal on the penalty kill.
Deserving the Points
Did the Isle deserve the two points? Well, they did enough to get the game to overtime. But once there they just didn’t show up. So did they deserve the two points? Not really, no.
It just feels like the Islanders did the bare minimum. They kept up with the Pittsburgh Penguins. One of the top ten teams in the league. Top five even, after tonight.
Making sure they didn’t get embarrassed was the first goal. And they achieved that. Getting a win would have been nice. But we all knew that was a long shot with the way this team has been playing.
I feel like Ron Burgundy. I’m not even mad. I’m not impressed either. But I’m not mad. A point isn’t a bad thing here.
The Isles are now only five points out of a wild-card spot with a ton of games to play. If there’s a silver lining in all of this, it’s just that; points. The Isles get a point on the board. Now onto California.