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In an attempt to get the upper hand on the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Champions before their battle this Saturday, the Islanders failed in Boston on Monday Night. The beginning of the game we saw two quick back to back goals by Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton. Previous to those two goals, Benoit Pouliot put the Bruins on the board early. This resulted in Al Montoya making the save on a worn down Evgeni Nabakov in the first. The Islanders, Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner answered back in the first to cut the lead to only one goal.
The second period saw no goals but the teams played hard. Missed chances by Tyler Seguin kept the Islanders on their toes and left the Bruins hungry for more. The game fell apart in the third when Milan Lucic netted the fourth and Nathan Horton picked up his second of the evening. Once again, back-to-back goals allowed plagued the Islanders. The Bruins’ David Krejci put the puck in the open net to seal the deal and send the Islanders to Colorado.
There must have been something about the air in Colorado. The Islanders took a 3-0 lead in the second period with goals by Josh Bailey, Brian Rolston and Michael Grabner. The Avalanche crept up to put one on the board in the second before the period ended. Seemed like the Islanders had the win, right? Just kidding! Thirty-nine shots later, the Islanders were tied and headed to overtime. What do you know, the Avalanche’s Kyle Quincy put his team over for the win in OT.
Many will blame Al Montoya for this depressing loss. Montoya was called for a high stick in the third period, which resulted in the power play goal that ended the game. It seemed as if Montoya would be taking up figure skating in the future with those moves.
No one really expected much of the Islanders in this game against the 2010-11 Western Conference Champions. The Canucks are an all-around solid team and ran all over the poor Islanders. Rome, Sedin, Hodgkins and Boothe (in that particular order) shut down the Islanders offense. The lone goal for the Isles was scored by Matt Moulson, for only his fourth of the season.
Islander fans everywhere are hanging their heads low. This is only the second month and there is still time to pick the team up and turn the season around. Everyone needs to get back on the same page and play like they were playing in the beginning. They need to play full 60 minutes per game and not fall asleep while skating. Some will blame Capuano, some will blame the goaltenders.
Has anyone ever thought to blame the fans? No one sticks behind this team and remains loyal. Show some support and cheer your team on and give them the confidence they need, instead of blowing up their facebook with negative remarks.