Postgame 1/04: Islanders vs. Hurricanes

The New York Islanders battled the Hurricanes tonight to attempt to win their 4th game in a row. This game would prove to be very important because most of the teams in the Metropolitan Division are in action tonight.

The first period came and went with no scoring. Both goaltenders were tested and able to keep the puck out of the net. The Isles played before a very respectable crowd on hand.

The second period was dominated by the Hurricanes. They were able to capitalize on many of the Islanders' mistakes. Turnovers were the main concern that will force the Islanders to improve their decision making. The Hurricanes scored 3 goals by Manny Malhotra, Jordan Staal and Brett Sutter. The Isles were able to put one past Anton Khudobin with a nice give and go play by Thomas Vanek and John Tavares who is able to score the goal. The teams would head to the locker room with Carolina leading the way 3-1.

The third period was an extremely sloppy one by both teams. Not many chances were generated by either club. Very late in the period, the Islanders were rewarded with a power play. After pulling their goalie, they were able to pull within one goal after a Thomas Vanek goal. But, it would be too little, too late for the Isles as they would fall to the Hurricanes 3-2. 

The Islanders' struggles at the Coliseum have been well documented. If they want to give themselves a serious shot at making the postseason, the Isles need to improve their play on the home ice and against their less talented opponents. They need to get up for every game just like the game against the Blackhawks.

William Tranfaglia (@BillyTran51)