The Isles tried, once again, to beat the Flyers. After Meszaroslethal strike in OT, their mission remained unsuccessful. Ha, suckers!
40% of Meszaros’goals this season have been overtime winners. That’s clutch! Ok, so that’s 2 out of 5 goals all year long. But we’ve only won 3 times in OT all year long anyway. So although he doesn’t score often, at least he makes it count.
This game shouldn’t have went to overtime. We had a 3-1 lead early in the third, and that should have been enough. Unfortunately, the team D just didn’t step up. Here’s a recap if you need one.
Overall, I liked how the offense looked. Tons of chance, good puck movement, and a lot of time spent on the offensive zone. But going the other way, there were too many breakdowns. On NY’s first goal, Frans Neilson blew past everyone and fired a shot from a bad angle to the far side. How the hell Bob didn’t stop this one easily is beyond me. Maybe it seemed like an easy save and he didn’t focus on it enough. Maybe he needs more work on positioning. Whatever it was, he better fix that shit. That’s two straight games with a shitty goal against.
Richards and Versteeg seem to be figuring each other outa bit more. If Versteeg was a bit more of a sniper, he would have scored at least two last night. Their line seemed to cycle pretty well and set each other up for a some good chances from the slot. Richards did a great job of making the Isles pay for a turnover when he scored to tie the game up.
Carter, who we always get pissed at for looking lazy, continue putting up numbers. He had an assist on the JVR goal, before having another nice deflection for his own goal. He had a nice one against the Rags a few games back. The impressive thing isn’t that he’s set up in front, and guys are aiming for his stick, making it “easy” for him. It’s that both tips came while he was cruising into the middle. That’s some sick hand-eye coordination. Lazy or not, he’s special.
Giroux’s set up to JVR was one of his nicer passes this year. And that’s some bad D by NY. He looked up as the puck came to him, saw JVR coming down the far side, and had an easy no look pass once he got it. It’s a bit like the goal Richards scored against NYR early in the season. Here’s a look at that one in case you forgot:
Yes, we should expect more from the D once we have a lead. It seems like the team is beginning to get bored with the regular season and just wants the playoffs to start. Laviolette was asked recently about how to motivate a team that’s been doing so well all season. He admitted he wasn’t sure, and just figured they’d have to keep moving along, acting like professionals, and just preparing themselves every night. The next two game won’t be too easy to wake up for, as we try to completely crush the ego of the entire state province of Ontario. First at Ottawa, then back home against the Leafs.
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Topics: Andrej Meszaros, Claude G, Frans Neilson, Jeff Carter, JVR, Kris Versteeg, Mike Richards, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Overtime Win, Philadelphia Flyers, Sergei Bobrovsky, Toronto Maple Leafs