Blowing a two goal lead in the third period of a hockey game is never acceptable by the standards of most coaches and players, but to let it happen when you are looking to solidify a playoff spot is downright atrocious.
And that’s what the New York Islanders did last night.
With all due respect to the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that has now won eight games in a row, they are not a contending playoff team. They currently sit fifth in the Metropolitan Division, 15 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins (and the Pens sit in one of the Eastern Conference wild card spots, only one point away from knocking the Islanders out of the top three in the Metropolitan Division).
This was a game that they needed to win and should have won – and they were well on their way until they blew it; a common theme for the Islanders over the past several weeks.
The Islanders are on a losing streak to start off the month of November and every Islanders fan is clutching their forehead in a panicked frenzy expecting this team to drop to last place in the Eastern Conference standings overnight.
Two words everyone: calm down.
It cannot be denied that seeing the Islanders drop three games in a row is not a good thing. Nor is it good to see a team that started 4-0 suddenly hovering one game above .500. But it is a very long season and it is still very early.
And despite their recent struggles, the Islanders currently sit at third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Around 11:00 am this morning, the Penguins summoned the local media to bring all their 2009 Stanley Cup DVDs to the press room of CONSOL Energy Center to blow up the tenure of Dan Bylsma as Penguins head coach and the addition of former Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford as the new GM.
In addition to the GM spot filled and the Head Coach vacancy, it was also announced that Assistant GM Jason Botterill was promoted to Associate GM and Tom Fitzgerald and Billy Guerin are now Assistant GMs in what appears to be a transition period to groom a future GM of the Penguins.
Truthfully, I was not enamored at the early talk this morning of Rutherford being the General Manager. I admit th...
It is a tough pill to swallow, knowing that your team no longer has a quality shot at a Stanley Cup.
With injuries hampering the return of a two top six forwards and a top four defensemen the Penguins are just not fully equipped to go through the rigors of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is just not a feasible request.
To beat a team like the Boston Bruins or the Philadelphia Flyers without Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Paul Martin, the Penguins would have to have their depth come through in major ways. This is assuming the Penguins currently have the depth to pull this off.
Although Beau Bennett has returned and played well since his return, he is not enough. Pittsburgh ...
The reactions and fallout from both Pens fans and scribes varied a bit after the unexpected sweep from the Eastern Conference Finals at the hands of the Boston Bruins last spring. The clamoring for large scale change rung far and wide that had fans calling for Head Coach Dan Blysma’s head on a platter and jettisoning goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to parts unknown using any method available to General Manager Ray Shero’s disposal among other “blow it up and start again” knee jerk reactions. In fact, Shero himself didn’t escape the shark jumpers and over analyzers this time as his deadline acquisitions had impacted the roster negativel...
There is currently a movement in the city of Pittsburgh that is headstrong on firing coach Dan Bylsma. Despite having the most injuries in the league and the likely probability of finishing second in the conference, the fans seem to have had enough.
Enough, you hear it time and time again. The callers on talk radio say they have had enough of Dan Bylsma, that his system clearly doesn’t work.
Enough of the consistent playoff appearances despite the massive injuries this team has suffered in the recent seasons?
Enough of the team overachieving despite having a clear lack of back end talent left from subpar drafting strategies?
The Islanders disappointing season continues and after a difficult week with the trade deadline it’s now time to see where the future holds for the team. With one more season on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn, serious evaluations of this organization will be in place at the conclusion of the season.
Last night in the NHL was the final day of regular season games and the two week break for the Olympics is here now. The NHL participants for the men’s hockey tournament will fly over to Sochi, Russia and represent their countries in the tournament that begins on Wednesday.
With the injury list for Pittsburgh starting to cool down in the New Year, the Penguins looked to regain their top form.
Unfortunately for the Penguins, an injury to top six forward Pascal Dupuis has left a major void in the roster. His top end speed and defensively responsible style made him a very good compliment to the offensive powers that are Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
In his absence, Pittsburgh was able to go 9-2-1 in January. Crosby had his production dip slightly into the range of 1.3 points per game, just below his 1.45 ppg career average. Since his departure Crosby has had a revolving door of wingers including the following: Tanner Glass, Jayson Megna, Brandon S...
Despite it being a relative rarity, it would appear that Sidney Crosby enjoys playing in Vancouver. The Penguins snatched victory from the jaws of the orca with stunning late game heroics on Tuesday night. After back to back backhanders by Chris Higgins and Zack Kassian seventeen seconds apart past the midway point of the third period, the Canucks were looking at a well deserved win over a stout opponent.
Late in the third period, things changed, and suddenly. A Crosby clean face off win found its way to Kris Letang who fired a slapshot that was slightly screened initially by Ryan Kesler as he dropped to one knee to block the shot. It was just enough to delay Eddie Lack's ...