ISLANDERS 7 (EN) CANUCKS 4 Now that’s how you blow a third period lead

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Keith Quinn, Islanders Point Blank:

After a mind numbing first forty minutes that saw the Isles down 3-0 against the struggling Canucks (2-7-1 in their last 10), the Islanders stormed back to the tune of se7en third period goals.  The Isles took bad penalties, were out-possessed and the PK looked poor going 2/4.  Luckily they didn’t take a penalty after the midway point of the second.  Because given the last bunch of games, you expected the worst.

The seven goals tied a franchise record previously set against the Rangers in 1978 according to Elias/ESPN.  Frans Nielsen reached the 20 goal milestone for the first time in his career on a wrist shot that gave the Isles a temporary 4-3 lead.  Josh Bailey scored for the first time in 13 games, the power play was effective (3/7) tying the franchise record for PP goals in a period with three and seven different goal scorers lit the lamp.  It was a period binge the likes of which we’ve not seen in some time.  If only they could spread it out some.

About the only problem with this game (and hopefully it’s not a significant one) is that Michael Grabner left with an upper body injury and didn’t return. According to Arthur Staple, he will be evaluated when the Isles return home.

Tonight, we’re going to embed the highlights:


Vancouver took the lead on the Isles at 15:26 of the first during a power play for a Matt Donovan holding call.  Christopher Higgins corralled a Yannick Weber point shot that ricocheted off the post and backhanded it over a sprawling Evgeni Nabokov.  The Isles took three obstruction penalties in the period (two holding the stick) helping Vancouver to outshoot the Isles 11-6 on the period, but the Isles did have a couple of solid chances.

Then, as they have been doing lately, things got worse.

Henrik Sedin extended the Canucks lead after taking a pass behind the Isles net and outmuscling Lubomir Visnovsky to the right side of Nabokov.  He turned and fired a shot across the crease that was pushed in by Cal Clutterbuck who had been bumped down by Kevin Bieksa.  It was the first goal in 23 games for Sedin.  The assist to Nicklas Jensen was his first NHL point.

Brock Nelson took a tripping penalty at 7:30 and at 8:53, the Isles gave up a goal at 8:53.  Kevin Bieksa’s point shot was saved, but the rebound was banged off the post by Alexandre Burrows and put in by Ryan Kesler on the backhand.

Thirteen minutes into the period, the Isles had but one shot.  They closed the gap to 8-7 toward at the end of the period, but really there was only one good chance; a Kyle Okposo wrist shot from between the circles that was handled pretty easily by Eddie Lack.

It was a pretty uninspiring and non-threatening period all around. But the Canucks left the Isles carry-over power play to begin the third which opened up the floodgates.

The power play started off the third looking generally poor with the Isles getting hemmed in initially and Travis Hamonic taking a heavy hit and going face first into the dasher.

Josh Bailey’s power play goal came on the heels of that hem-in though off a beautiful cross-ice feed from Matt Donovan. (Note: NHL.com is listing Brock Nelson as the primary assist.  He may have tipped Donovan’s cross-ice pass)  Then, inexplicably, Nicklas Jensen, who committed the previous penalty, took a holding call.  To make matters worse for Vancouver, Kevin Bieksa was judged to have taken the net off it’s moorings purposely to deny an Isles scoring chance about 40 seconds later. The Isles used their timeout to draw up something for the 5 on 3, and it worked beautifully (*probably…who can be sure).

Ryan Strome got the next one off a Kyle Okposo feed to him down low with Anders Lee creating a huge disturbance in front of Lack.  It was a snipe off a bad angle.  Then on the 5 on 4, Calvin deHaan took a wrist shot that deflected off of Shawn Mathias up near the top of the circles and past Lack.  If you remember, Mathias killed the Isles with 2g, 1a last week as a member of the Panthers helping to key a comeback.

All told, the Isles scored those three goals in a span of 2:23

Tom Sestito got to running around a bit and he boarded Colin McDonald and had to sit in time out for a couple of minutes.  At least I imagine that’s how they explained it to him.  Anyway, Frans Nielsen came one second shy of scoring on the PP and setting the Isles franchise record for PP goals in a period.

The play was made possible after the Isles faced a shorthanded scare in their end.  But Anders Lee broke out and dished to Okposo and Lee crashed the net.  Okposo carried in, fired a wrister and that deflected off Lee,  went to Nielsen who shot through the Lee screen.  That gave the Isles their first lead.

Chris Tanev answered for the Canucks a little over three minutes later off a wrist shot that may have been helped along by a screen from Thomas Hickey.  Nabokov didn’t appear to ever see it.

Unlikely goal scorer Matt Martin got it back ten seconds later when Lack left a puck behind his net that Colin McDonald swooped in for.  McDonald centered to Martin from behind the goal line and he backhanded it home.  It would prove to be the game winner.

Anders Lee added some insurance with a brilliant, heisman trophy-style, stiff arm, bull rush up the right wing boards.  He fired a one handed pass to Nielsen who was robbed by Lack. The rebound went to Okposo who was robbed by the glove of Dan Hamhuis and that deflection landed on the stick of Lee who continued to a soft spot in the area to sweep it home.  If there is one goal of the night you should re-watch, it’s this one.

Cal Clutterbuck added an empty-netter for the busy third to seal it up.

While it doesn’t do much to change the bad luck and chaos of the last few weeks (trades, blown leads, injuries), at least there is a game like this every now and then.

And I only have one noticing on the night.  Anders Lee is a beast in front of the opposition’s net.  Hard to move, quick hands and that’s something we haven’t seen in a good long time.




42 comments
Steven Steinsaltz
Steven Steinsaltz

The previous 7-goal period was not the Double Chili game, but it was against the Rangers. The Double Chili game came in 1979-80, one of the few bright spots that season before the trade for Goring. The 7-goal period was Trottier's first (of two) five-goal games, and in that 7-goal period Trottier had 3 goals and 3 assists - the 6 points in the period is still, to this day, the most points ever in NHL history in one period, never even equaled.

TonyM
TonyM

@mrcisback                  Worst in Canada, Islanders worst in the USA !

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

people always said how boring the njd are to watch, but it's not like tortorella's system is a lot of fun to watch either.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Josh Bailey has begun his annual year end play to save his roster spot for next year, rinse repeat.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

ruttgaizer sticks microphone in front of cappy:  'capuano press conference.'

ivo
ivo

Any news on Grabner?

TonyM
TonyM

                            I guess Snow has met his match in Vancouver's Mike Gillis! Gillis traded away both Schneider and Luongo in less then a year too pave the way for Eddie Lack who was worst then Nabby last night! Gillis has taken the Canucks from President Trophy winners just three seasons ago, too the West Coast version of the Islanders! Think he'll get fired?

phishstyx1
phishstyx1

That game was double chili night against the rags

tornado
tornado

Missed the game... But noticed Stromes ice time still not where it needs to be....let him make mistakes now....and learn.....he has to be a 16-17 minute guy next year.

Strome played great with Ritchie's brother.....not a bad choice

Really do not need a center or a D (exception if it's Reinhardt or eckblad)

Another power forward would be nice

firecappy
firecappy

Just when I was getting excited about the possibility of the #2 overall pick they have a 7 goal outburst.  EVERY TIME you get excited about ANYTHING with this team they screw it up.  Lack's performance in the 3rd may have been the worst performance that I have ever seen by a goalie.  Matt Martin looked like Lindros scoring on a backhander from the slot!  Anders Lee is the surprise of the season.  The kid goes straight to the net and doesn't know how to play any other way!  Keep it up!

Jonathan Sirico
Jonathan Sirico

Seems like the Canuks really want that high draft pick.

orange
orange

That just shows you never fall asleep after two periods WOW WOW WOW WOW they deserve at least one good come from behind victory great for the kids playing last night

Michael Kavanagh
Michael Kavanagh

Nobody upstages the isles in third period collapses...nobody!

Don22
Don22

I can just imagine what Tortorella's press conference was like. 

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

Cant believe were not even the best at blowing leads

isles23
isles23

I dont like him but Ive said it before amazingly the team still plays for this coach.

mrcisback
mrcisback

                                I laughed the other day when i read The Hockey News assessment of the NY Islanders farm system and rating them 25th in the league. Mean while Hockeys Future has the Islanders at 5th. I've been following Hockeys future for the last 5 years and they have actually been right on the money with most of there predictions on NHL team prospects.I don't know if there 5th but there definitely not 25th. How can the Hockey News have 2 Islander prospects in the top 11 Strome #5 and Reinhart #11 and there rated 25th. It doesn't even make logical sense. When Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Anders Lee each score 30 to 50 points next year and Lee scores 30 goals the Hockey News is going to look real stupid. All i've been reading is nothing but positive feed back on the 4 top Islanders defensive prospects Griffen Reinhart, Ryan Pulock, Ville Pokka and Adam Pelech. I think if 2 of these guys turn out to be just good then the defense will improve drastically. We just have to find a good young goaltender and we'll be fine as long as JT is healthy by training camp. I wouldn't mind adding 6/03 235lbs Nick Ritchie at the up coming 2014 draft either.

willymayshays
willymayshays

Really like Lee.  Very strong on the puck and often in position to score. 

David Schwartz
David Schwartz

Talk about playing a good 20 minutes of hockey. 

Abraham Rudy
Abraham Rudy

that was one of the most entertaining periods of hockey i've ever seen

isles4life
isles4life

Great effort by the players tn, management still sucks though

Steve J. Gonzalez
Steve J. Gonzalez

Okay, what the hell happened? Seven different Islanders scored. I am still not happy over Islander management over dumb moves they have been making this season. They still need veteran defense and a young experienced goalie in the off season. But I give the players credit. They didn't give up. Anders Lee looks like the future first liner with Tavares and Okposo.

ivo
ivo

holy bossy what happened batman!?

camb33
camb33

@TonyM @mrcisback that pretty much sums it up....except this is considered a down year for canucks...for isles its another normal year

mrcisback
mrcisback

@TonyM   I think the Edmonton organization from top to bottom might be the worst in the league if you can believe that.

Ryan Sweeney
Ryan Sweeney

@rmreturns  dont think Nilsson or Poulin are the answers either and based on their lack of play, dont see the organization feeling like they are the answer either.  

Abraham Rudy
Abraham Rudy

@tornado  Strome has been mediocre. He gets pushed around. He needs to put in a lot of offseason work. Obviously has the skill necessary, but is not physically ready. Love what I'm seeing from Lee, though. He's a tough customer with good hands. 

willymayshays
willymayshays

@mrcisback


This was just a irresponsible statement by pointblank.  At least I'm pretty sure.  I haven't read the 2014 issue, but in 2013 the Islanders were ranked 10th by THN.  

But they have a power ranking that takes into account the # of high level picks over the past however yrs.  (EDM was #1, Islanders #2)  when that "handicap" was figured in they ranked 26th and other teams that have lesser picks get the "handicap".  It's no exact science, but Islanders system is not ranked 25 like this site wants you to believe.  It's really a ranking of the GM's of each team regarding the draft/farm system more than it is the prospect pool it self. 

isles23
isles23

@willy. Reminds me of a bigger stronger Moulson. Hopefully he has the same success at scoring but he is most definitely a better puck winner already.

Ryan Sweeney
Ryan Sweeney

@Abraham Rudy @tornado  yeah hes small, but still shows flashes of his hands and vision, and also skates hard.  definitely not worried about strome being a successful NHL player, but agree, he needs to bulk up to be effective. 

Don22
Don22

@willymayshays @mrcisbackI like this site, but in my opinion the writers at times put stuff here that has no other merit than to stir the pot and rile up a certain demographic.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@mrcisback

Not sure yet about the draft, depends where we fall, but I really like Ritchie too.  

Thing is, we have young talent, despite what some say.  The big key, IMO, is surrounding these young players with Vets that can guide teach and show by example.  Oh, and help win games.

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

I know strome is a little older than JT was when he hit the nhl but see the same player. Good vision hands. Weak on the puck. But he def has skill. Think he has 5 points in last 6 games. Difference second time around. Lee on his wing. Why they brought him up last time to be third line center with no help was ridiculous. One thing that will change as he grows will be going to net. Seen it a bunch of times now. Comes up ice one on one with defender and shoots off angle shot instead of driving to net. That is the difference now to where he needs to be. Next year or so he will get stronger so he won't be afraid of contact and won't loose the puck. At this point he knows he can't keep it so he just shoots from outside. Not sure if I want lee with JT yet cause I like what he does with strome. Would think they are gonna give bailey one more chance to produce unless someone overwhelms them on draft day. Warming up more to the thought of Ritchie if they finish in top three in draft. I like the size and the hope that he can play like lee. If his skills warrant it they should bring him up without another year in juniors. Not every kid gets ruined by coming up at 18. Seems he has the size. Can see next years lines as follows. Ritchie JT okposo. Lee strome bailey Nelson Neilson grabner. Martin cizikas clutterbug. In reality anyone can go next to JT. Lee grabner even Bailey. I would almost put bailey there just as his last straw. It's like this. If u can't produce with JT and okposo as your line mates then it's time to go. Also puts Ritchie or who ever u draft on second scoring line a little less pressure. If u decide to trade bailey. Halmo comes up and goes to fourth clutterbug to third line. Grabner up to first or second.

Don22
Don22

@Chris R I don't disagree - but it wouldn't be any news to anyone here.  We need mainstream writers to get on board.  No disrespect to IPB, but we are the only peopel that read this. 


I prospect report that gives honest evaluations of those in the bridge and below are what I like.  They don't have to rah rah - just tell me what's going on. 

Don22
Don22

@Chris R @Don22@willymayshays@mrcisbackI get you. But really, what good does that do?  It's not like this is the NY Times.  Do we need articles on how poor the team is run?  We all know that.  I want read news on the team, info on players in the system, views on the games etc.  To me, that's what belongs on this site. Hockey discussions.