After a disappointing effort against the Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Islanders were able to bounce back against the New Jersey Devils.
On Thursday night, the New York Islanders had one of their worst games of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the 6-3 loss, the Islanders trailed 5-0 in the first period, and the game was over about 10 minutes in.
With still having a slim chance to catch the Boston Bruins prior to the game starting, the Islanders’ effort against the Flyers was awful.
On Friday night, the Islanders bounced back nicely against the Devils. Due to the Devils not having anything to play for, the Islanders were able to get a lead early and never look back.
Early in the period, Anders Lee was able to score a power play goal. Success on the power play has been hard to come by for the Islanders, and seeing Lee score was a welcomed sight. Unfortunately, the Islanders were rather disappointing on the man-advantage overall. In the first period, the Devils had five penalties, but the Islanders were only to convert on one of them.
In the second period, the Islanders were able to extend the lead, as Josh Ho-Sang was able to set up Anthony Beauvillier nicely for his ninth goal of the season.
In the third period, the Devils were able to get on the board with a power play goal of their own. Adam Henrique got one past Jaroslav Halak for his 20th goal of the season. The Islanders did suffer a big scare, as John Tavares had to be helped to the locker room with a leg injury. Even without Tavares down the stretch, the Islanders were able to hold on to the win.
Next up for the Islanders will be a game on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres. We will have to see if the Islanders can keep their slim playoff hopes alive with another win.