It has not been a good week for the New York Islanders. The team has dropped three straight games to the Carolina Hurricanes, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs and had to send former No. 1 overall draft pick Rick DiPietro down to the AHL. The loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday night came in overtime and helped the Islanders salvage a point, hopefully a sign that things are about to swing back in a positive direction for the Islanders.
The Islanders let two one-goal leads slip away on Thursday and entered the third period down 4-2 but rallied to force overtime. Showing resiliency and coming back would certainly be considered a positive thing to take away from the game against Toronto. The Islanders also got first goals of the season from Josh Bailey, Lubomir Visnovsky and Andrew MacDonald – another positive sign since the team can’t rely on John Tavares and Matt Moulson every night. Possibly the biggest positive of the night was a breakout game for winger Kyle Okposo, who had a goal and two assists. It was the first multi-point game of the season for Okposo, and his first goal since Jan. 21. He had 24 goals and 45 points for the Islanders last season, so getting him going is definitely good news for the team.
Finding out they can get a point out of a game where Moulson and Tavares were held off the stat sheet is good news for the Islanders. There are definitely still things to work on, but there should be no shame in losing to the Leafs, but rather joy in managing to steal a point.